Should Jesus Followers Be Involved in Politics?

The answer to this timely question is found in Romans 13:1, when, speaking of governmental vocation, “There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”Religion

God regularly acts directly in human affairs. It is his customary practice to work through us, whether in the home, in the church, or in society.

Followers of Jesus have a humble recognition that their authority has been delegated to them by God.  The Holy Spirit gives a constant awareness that we are called to hold our leaders up in prayer and accountable to the office they hold.

Bryan Fisher, the host of “Focal Point” radio program strongly asserts, “It is unconscionable for Christians to absent themselves from the public arena on the grounds that ‘Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics,’ when the Bible they profess to believe tells them that political power comes exclusively from the very God they worship.”

Secondly, how foolish and illogical to leave the oversight of our public life to those who have no respect for the God who grants them their authority.

Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, that we are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Salt was used, in the absence of refrigeration, to arrest the spread of decay. Light to dispel darkness.

When we refuse to engage, and so remove both salt and light, we ought to expect nothing but decay and darkness.

Since lawmakers hold in their hands the very power of God, Christians in truth have much more reason to be concerned about political matters than our secularist friends.

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