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My Christianity Dealing With Politics
by Gregory John Monroe
5/17/2015 / Christian Living
Though I'm aware of what's going on politically, I haven't any passion to engage in political affairs. My trust that promises will be kept is in God; not in man. For me, the time and energy that I have must be dedicated to the everlasting kingdom of God; not temporal political matters.
This world is not my home. Heaven is. I'm simply a heavenly ambassador passing through. As such, my mission is to represent and spread the truth of Jesus; holding Him up as the answer to all of this world's problems.
So I stick to keeping my mind on things above; that I might also be a good soldier on this earth. As much as I can, I try to live 2 Timothy 2: 4"No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier." My fight, in partnership with the Holy Spirit, is to introduce as many as I can to the kingdom of God.
Does this mean that I have no concern for what's happening around me? No! I do. Jesus wasn't indifferent to the corruption, discrimination, injustice, and abuses in society either. And what did He do? He healed and ministered to the needs of others; He taught God's way of life; and He bade people to follow Him into the kingdom.
I take my cue from Jesus, doing what I can to help alleviate suffering and give encouragement. That means preaching the Gospel. Sometimes that means making monetary contributions to certain organizations focused on a single cause; for example, pro-life and Meals on Wheels. I give to the needy. I visit the sick. And I pray for and with others for their material, physical, mental, and spiritual needs.
But I will not allow myself to get entangled in political needs. I refuse to participate in the arguing and divisiveness that so characterizes politics.
From what I see when Christians get involved; instead of drawing people to Christ, they drive them away. I see Christians entrenched in their camp; their opponents entrenched in their camp. Verbal volleys are fired back and forth; minds aren't changed.
There isn't any recorded history showing Jesus, our Example, calling for civil laws to address societal ills. He did not involve Himself in the running of man's government. Jesus didn't involve Himself in the political movements of the world. He was focused on doing the work of the Father.
Though government was established and ordained by God to maintain order in this present world, and the Christian is taught to respect it and give it its due; it has, like all else that was good, been corrupted by sin. Many of its participants are well-meaning, but all human attempts to successfully govern this world will fail.
The kingdom of God isn't established through governmental institutions of man. Rather, in this fading, doomed world, the kingdom is established within the believer. The believer then works with the Holy Spirit to help others reach the new earth wherein there aren't any ills.
Is this course of action, political absenteeism, meant for every Christian? I'd have to say yes, except for maybe a minority. I say that because from the biblical record, I know that God placed a few in governing positions for His purposes. They were, however, inside the government to effect the changes that God wanted.
I also know that we all aren't gifted in the same way, and that we all haven't been called to political activism. However, all Christians are called to reconcile others to God through Christ Jesus. That clearly would be most effective if Christians would put their hands to the plow, not looking back to the ways of the world.
Just imagine the spiritual harvest that would occur if Christians devoted themselves to planting the salvation power of the Gospel instead of time and energy spent on political organizing and petitioning to crush those who don't believe.
It's amazing to me that while the world is coming to an end, some Christians seem to be more interested in trying to win political battles. Souls are at stake, for heaven's sake! All the time, I hear Christians saying that Jesus is coming soon. According to their actions, I have to wonder if that's really believed.
In the end, though, I know everyone should follow their own conscience. For each of us alone is accountable to God. If the wrong course is taken, the Lord is certainly capable of applying correction.
This is my course, thoughnot trying to change the world through politics. There isn't anything we can do to change the world's outcome, and the outcome is near. Hence, the sole importance and need for the gospel to be preached.
Therefore, on my part, there is urgency and a laser focus to prepare others and myself for the return of Jesus, who will take us to a better world.
In this, my conscience is clear and at rest.
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