Christians and Politics: Is it OK for Christians to get poltical?

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.  Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.  For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. Rom 13:1-5

WE understand that human governments were instituted by God. Whether these governments know it or not they are ordained by God as agents of God and are still under his scrutiny.

No human government is or ever will be perfect, but offer a mere reflection of the goodness of God (as much as that government might choose to do so). It seems that our own government, in ever increasing increments, is falling away from its God ordained purpose – to do good.

In reading Romans 13:1-5 please notice that the stewardship entrusted to human government is not morally neutral. Various combinations of “right,” “wrong” and “goodness” are mentioned many times culminating with an appeal to “conscience” in verse five.

The question before us is this: who will inform the conscience of government? If we don’t – who will? We are now living the answer to that very question. We are not as organized, mobilized or energized (nor are we as sophisticated) as the opposing forces who are assaulting the Judeo- Christian ethic of this nation. Fortunately, we still live in a representative government. While it seems we are greatly under-represented, we can at least make our voices heard. Proposition 8 was an effort to do just that. After you check out the Romans 13 passage, check out Matthew 5:13-16. Jesus had the audacity to say that we are the salt and the light of the world. I guess we had better get busy proving him right. And one way we serve as salt and light is through our fervent prayers.

  • Heavenly Father,  Revive Your Church and awaken our nation to Your righteousness. Cause your people to see their role in turning the tide. May America’s Christians fall upon their knees, not just on July 3rd, but every day, and pray for our nation’s and our governmental leaders at every level – national state and local. Cause us to be the Salt and Light You have called us to be.

Jim Reed, Pastor,

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