(Authors Note: I originally wrote this in 2013 after a contentious political season, but I believe strongly that this is a s true today as when I wrote it four years ago. We have a new President now, but the political landscape in America is just as polarized and divided as it was in 2013. Ok, it is more so. But spiritual truth never changes. Think on what I repost here and remember that our faith in Jesus Christ is far more important than our politics. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.)
A few weeks ago, prior to the last election in fact, I had made the statement in one of my posts that I tried to stay out of the thick of politics since it is at best a field of verbal combat for people with opposing views. I also stated that sometimes circumstances compelled me to cover that subject. With America becoming more and more politically charged and polarized I find that I need to speak once again; in fact, anyone who has been following my recent posts on facebook and other, more conservative social media, will have seen that I’ve been pretty vocal on the subject. However, I have found that my political bent has been, or rather should have been, tempered by my faith in God and Jesus Christ as my Savior, and so tonight I want to address the inherent conflict between politics and faith.
Those two areas, politics and one’s spiritual beliefs, are not necessarily mutually exclusive but instead should ideally function in a sort of symbiosis, a mental dance of two barely compatible partners. While one’s faith should never be subjugated to one’s political beliefs, a person’s politics should always act as an outward expression of their faith. Hence when Martin Luther nailed his famed theses on the doors of the Wurttemberg cathedral, his act of faith helped to define what was a largely political endeavor, which was the abatement of the Catholic Church’s political power in Europe. But like most religious forays into politics, the Reformation which he helped start became a temporal, political movement as evidenced by all of the back room dealing that occurred within the various factions of that day, and as shown by the wars of that time which were nominally fought in the name of religion but were executed in pretty much the same way that the wars over territory and resources were fought. I see the same forces at work today in the United States.
The present and future political confrontations here in America are being waged between those who believe in our Constitution and those who wish to subvert or even abolish it as an outdated document. On the one hand we have the largely conservative part of our population who are trying to defend the rights expressed in our Constitution, and on the other are those who hold the view that our Constitutional rights can be sacrificed in the name of social change or progress with the stated aim of improving the lives of all Americans. We therefore have large segments of the population who are diametrically opposed to each other, and the rhetoric hurled into each other’s faces has become very confrontational and even hateful.
Now, I am going to avoid the entire issue of the globalists’ dream of establishing a One World Government (or at least I will try to!) and arguments over suspected false flag attacks and other conspiratorial issues. My goal here is to examine how politics should be an extension of faith, not which side has the better arguments or the more conclusive proofs. These are all issues which have been covered many times by many people; anyone who wants to dig deeper into those areas is invited to go to infowars.com or to the blog of a good friend who has done a considerable amount of research into these areas, which can be found at unifiedserenity.wordpress.com.
I have found over the last three decades that there are those who adhere to Christianity in one form or another who occupy both ends of the political spectrum, and I’ve also noticed that which political stand they take is largely based on which view of the Christian faith they adhere to. Those who adhere to the beliefs of what is commonly called the Evangelical movement in Christianity are generally more conservative in their politics, while those who practice the more “liberal” form of Christianity tend to support the more “progressive” causes. In both cases their faith is being expressed through their politics, but this does not mean that all conservatives are conservative Christians or that all members of the “liberal” movement are liberal Christians; in both cases to assume such would a grave error. I know many strongly politically conservative people who are not Christians, and I doubt if there needs to be any clarification of how many of the “progressive” movement in America are Christians of any type. In both groups there are people who do not adhere to either branch of Christianity, and that, of course, is their right.
Ever since the early 1980s, here in America the more conservative Christians have become increasingly political, and that in itself is not a bad thing – I believe that we could use a lot more godliness in our political process. But this has led to a certain degree of confusion between conservative politics and conservative Christian faith, and this has sadly given rise to such acts as the murder of doctors who perform abortions, beatings and hate crimes against homosexuals and other crimes against “progressive” elements in our society. (Since I have probably just ticked off the anti-abortion movement and those who believe that homosexuality is an abomination, let me take a moment to assure you that I support neither abortion nor homosexuality!) If I remember correctly, when the Messiah walked among us 2,000 years ago He said we should love our enemies, not kill them off. Trying to coerce the population at large to conform to a certain set of Biblical standards when we live in a decidedly un-Biblical world is not only an effort doomed to fail, but one which always turns into at least as big a problem as what it tried to change. Proof of this lies in history (you knew I had to keep bringing history up!): the Spanish missionaries in the Americas with their convert or die methods, the Crusades and their bloody efforts to liberate Jerusalem from hordes of Muslims, the Puritan dictatorship in England under Cromwell with its violence against the people of the British Isles, the list goes on and on. The “Great Commission” that Christ gave us, wherein He sent us out to make believers of as many as would accept the faith as true, did not command us to conquer the world in His name; that is a task that only Christ can fulfill.
A brief lesson from history is in order, and then I promise that I will wrap this up. In the middle of the Second Century BC the conservative elements of society of Judea rebelled against their Seleucid masters and the Hellenization of Judaism and established a dynasty in Judea commonly called the Maccabees. In a nutshell, the conservative Jews saw their people turning away from the teachings of Moses and the Prophets and embracing the much more “progressive” elements of Greek society and influence (remember that the Seleucid Empire was established by one of the generals of Alexander the Great). The Maccabees decided that they needed to take matters into their own hands, and instead of waiting on God to establish the Kingdom they took it upon themselves to do so, and they succeeded up to a point for roughly a hundred years. Did they establish God’s kingdom in Judea? No, for they still suffered from corruption and many other familiar vices, and when the Roman general Pompey came along around 63 BC their kingdom fell and became a Roman province.
Ok Dave, what’s the bloody point you’re trying to make? It’s simply this: we can try to reshape our society into what we see as God’s image, but we will always fail because it will be by our efforts, not God’s. Am I saying that we shouldn’t stand up for our rights, that we should just lie down and accept the rise of a tyrannical dictatorship in America? Of course not, we should stand up for what we believe. Is it a fight that we will win? I’m afraid not. Not only has the majority of Americans been sleeping for far too long, but the forces of globalism have gained the upper hand; besides, it wasn’t prophesied that we would prevail, it was prophesied that the dictator would rise and have his day of power before Christ would return. But we still have a moral obligation to stand up and be counted. We still, as citizens, have an obligation to have our say, to speak out in favor of the Constitution that was given to us to prevent just such a dictator from taking over. But we should also pray, and turn back to our Lord, and look to him for our deliverance and not to our own efforts.
Let us all ensure that our political words and actions are extensions of our faith, and at the same time let us resist the tendency for our political endeavors to unwittingly reshape our faith.