Every election season, we see how Christian become so active in influencing the outcome. With zeal and passion, Christians rally behind the candidate they deemed to be the best person who will personify godly principles.
However, is it really okay for Christians to get involved in politics? What does the Bible say about it? Most importantly, what should be our attitude towards politics?
Thankfully, you don’t have to wonder anymore. In this post, let me share with you what the Bible really says about politics.
When it comes to world politics, Here are the three things we must remember not just as citizens of our country but as children of the Most High, followers of the Messiah, and future kings and priests in God’s Kingdom.
I believe this is an important topic to discuss today because a lot of us might have forgotten who we really are, what we are here for, and how we should conduct ourselves before God and men.
I have a lot of things to share with you, but for the purpose of this blog, I want to highlight three things we must remember about the election.
No. 1: Don’t get involved in politics
Whether it is before, during, or after elections, we as Christians should not and should never get involved in politics.
The purpose of this message is not to explain to you the reason we are not to get involved in politics. I have made that clear in my blog, “10 Shocking Reasons Christians should NOT Vote.”
Sad to say, it seems getting involved in politics is a strong temptation that many of us can’t resist. After all, we all have our own opinion. We want to be heard. We want to be validated by the approval of those who support the same candidates.
Here’s something I want to repeat, just in case you and I have missed it:
We, in the church of God, DON’T vote. In fact, we even don’t endorse any politician. Whether we are on social media or talking to our friends, we are to remain neutral.
As true believers of God, we have become ambassadors for God.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.2 Corinthians 5:20
You don’t see the ambassador of the United States, China, Japan, or whatever country, vote. If you are an ambassador, you don’t get involved in the politics of the country where you are assigned.
Philippians 3:20-21 tells us:
20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.
As we can see, we are citizens of heaven.
We have already given up the need to be involved in this world’s corrupt political system when we accepted Christ. We know that this is not God’s world, but Satan’s world. We are to live in the world, but we are NOT of the world.
There’s a great difference there.
The government of this world is doomed to fail. It will ultimately crumble down. If you’re going to put your trust in any of these politicians, sorry to say, but you will just be disappointed.
Whether you are for this candidate or that, you know these people can’t save you. You know they can’t remove the evils of this world. You know that they are only humans plagued with their own weaknesses and frailties.
No. 2: Recognize God’s sovereignty
I personally know of some people who have been divided by the election season. Some people were unfriended and even blocked on Facebook.
Some who are brothers and sisters, who are blood-related, have become enemies just because of fighting for politicians who DON’T even know them.
Such a tragedy that we could have easily avoided if we had remained neutral and apolitical.
Even after elections, people still become divided. Because people have heavily invested in their politicians, socially, mentally, financially, and emotionally, they have a hard time accepting the results, which leads to further division and delayed reconciliation.
However, here’s what we must do. We must recognize God’s sovereignty.
I have read people saying that they have lost their faith in God simply because their politicians lost. Some even have started to question God’s existence.
You see, brethren, some Christians say that we need to vote because it’s how we can show our love to our neighbors.
We often hear people quoting Edmund Burke, “All that is needed for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.”
However, we need to honestly ask ourselves, is voting the best way for us to show love to one another? Is choosing the “right” candidate more important than our relationship with one another?
If ever you vote, how can you know which one God would endorse?
Or, perhaps, a better question would be, “Is there anyone God would endorse?”
Are you wiser than God and do you want to tell God that this is the right candidate?
God has the power to raise good leaders to bless His people. He can also choose to raise bad leaders to teach people good lessons.
I hope we understand and realize this, brethren.
I have a few passages that I want to read quickly to prove God’s sovereignty. I strongly encourage you to write them down as I read them:
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”Romans 13:1
“And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”Daniel 2:21
“. . . the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men.”Daniel 4:17
“Then he [Nebuchadnezzar] was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.”Daniel 5:21
“For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another” (The Amplified Bible).Psalm 75:6-7
“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.”Jeremiah 27:5
From the Scripture, God tells us that He is in control. He is still on the Throne. He didn’t sleep on election day.
Whatever happens, God can use people, things, situations, problems, and good things to fulfill His purpose. Whoever is the president of our country or your country, God’s purpose will still reign.
Whoever the leader is, Yahweh is still God and no election can change that.
No. 3: Focus on God’s work
One big problem for us getting involved in politics is that we lost our focus on God’s work. The energy, time, and resources we use to support a candidate are the same energy, time, and resources we could have used to do God’s work.
The problem is that some people, even in the church of God, are more zealous in promoting their candidates than promoting the coming Kingdom of God.
Did you notice that? Some people are willing to forsake Yahshua’s (Jesus Christ) command to love your neighbor in the name of politics.
In fact, some Christians are so involved in politics that you don’t see the difference between Christians and people outside of our faith.
You see, politics is a distraction.
It is never our job to put candidates in position. It is never our job to join rallies and convince people to vote for them.
Most importantly, it is never our job to join anti-government groups.
No, our job is to proclaim the coming kingdom of God.
We read in 1 Corinthians 9:16:
16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
Yes, brethren, woe to you, woe to me, if we are so active in politics and forget about the Gospel.
I hope this message gave us a timely reminder about what our attitude should be during election time. May we not get involved in politics, may we recognize the sovereignty of Yahweh, and let us all focus on His work.
Most importantly, let’s pray for our leaders and ultimately, let’s pray, “Thy Kingdom come!”