This morning I listened to a sermon preached by pastor John MacArthur. The focus of the message was on Christianity and politics. Pastor John made it clear that Jesus was certainly not interested in the politics of the day, but made it clear that we should respect authority.
Last night, I read Jeremiah 25 and 26. In those chapters, God made it clear to Jeremiah that he was going to use the evil King Nebuchadnezzar to punish God’s chosen because of their disobedience. He said that Nebuchadnezzar would also be punished (in time) for the atrocities he had committed. Politics are not important to the Lord.
If Jesus isn’t concerned with the political stature of his people (he cares about Salvation rather than occupation of the White House), why are we as believers in Christ, displaying wretched behavior over the current political race? I’m serious. It amazes me that Christian brothers and sisters are not only dividing over differing choices in candidates, but we are also reverting to the type of behavior that we honestly teach our children to steer clear of. Why would non-believers want to listen to our message of Salvation when our actions over two political figures–neither of whom have anything to do with the message of the gospel–cause us to behave like lunatics?
Today on the radio, I heard so much negative talk about both candidates that it was totally ridiculous! This was on separate AM Christian talk shows, recapping last night’s second presidential debate! One station’s argument was that Christians who will stand behind a candidate who is supporting “all-inclusiveness” do not believe in the Bible. The other station’s stance was that Christians who continue to support a “sexist” and “racist” candidate aren’t Christian at all. A third station’s stance was that any Christian who chooses to “bow out of the voting process all together” is not only anti-Christian, but also unpatriotic!
Folks, none of these stations made a plea for the brethren to come together and agree in prayer for our nation. None of these stations spoke about the final question asked during the second debate. In my opinion, that question was the best question of the night. None of these stations made any relevant reference to Jesus being concerned with saving souls, over political allegiances.
Believers, we have to keep our eyes heavenward. I’m not suggesting we totally ignore what’s going on in our world at the moment. I am suggesting that we all take a deep breath and remember to trust in God; not our political parties. Our children are watching and listening to us make hypocritical fools of ourselves, during this election season. We can be better than that.
Luke 20:21-26 (NIV): “21 So the spies questioned him: ‘Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22 Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’
23 He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24 ‘Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?‘
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
25 He said to them, ‘Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.‘
26 They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.“
If we can’t follow Jesus through this time in our history, we need to be silent.