Christians & Politics

Happy Wednesday!

I’m writing from Richmond this morning. My daughter, Heaven and I came to see Emily and Coree last night… heading home this morning right after I post this happy blog!

“I’m praying for our President and his staff today, that they will hear from God about the direction this nation really needs to go… and that tonight’s state of the union address will announce a sharp denunciation of this administrations recent liberal socialist agenda… that it will be an HONEST speech and not just the message they know we want to hear. Please God, for the sake of America… speak to our President, give him sincere humility that he might apologize where necessary, give him wisdom and courage that he might change direction with confidence and peace and without the fear of his political party, give him your Spirit that he may be a good president. Even though I did not vote for President Obama, I now pray for him every single day… that you oh God would guide him where you please… because anyone can change!”

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.”

Politics… ewww right?

  1. I feel like far too many Christians opt out of the political arena because of their disgust. Clearly, the American political situation is very bad these days.
  2. Then, there are the Christian political bashers… those who actively engage in politics… and while attempting to raise a voice, they come off as haters. Even though these people often fail in their approach… without them, we would fail to have a balancing conviction.

I feel like neither of these political postures are very helpful to our country. On the one hand, in the name of peace, we say nothing at all. And on the other hand, in the name of telling it like it really is, we add fuel the political war.

Somehow, we as Christian people have to become far more informed and far more involved… so that we may argue the biblical side of todays leading political issues… with humility and GRACE.

2 Timothy 2:25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.

Titus 1:8b-9 He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. 9 He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.

Titus 2:8 Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.

If I had a significant voice in the political arena, I would hope it might come off like this:

  • I would aim to be as well informed as possible… to have a perfect understanding of all perspectives.
  • I would continually immerse myself in the pages of the Holy Bible, so that I might SEE Gods position clearly, as I pray for his guidance.
  • I would pray for the courage to state my position, while respecting the people on the other side of the issues… as much as possible. This would be such a challenge, since some people are very good at bringing out our worst.
  • I would continually PRAY for the people who oppose me and treat them with as much respect as possible… so that God could work through my life to reveal new truth and steer their hearts in a new direction.
  • I would pray for tremendous levels of humility: so that I could change my position when necessary, as new intelligence challenges my uninformed postures.

If I was a politician… I would give myself the very best chance of hearing and knowing Gods heart in all the matters of my jurisdiction. I would do this by practicing the ancient commands for being a King, found in Deuteronomy 17:18-20.

“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction (the Word of God) on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.”

I bet todays blog is the most random message you’ve read in a while. It’s raw and unedited… it’s very scattered and far too vague… but it’s what’s on my mind this morning.

Would love to hear your thoughts! Praying for you all, thanking God for our friendship! Have a most triumphant day!

Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!

Chuck

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19 thoughts on “Christians & Politics

  1. Hey Pastor Chuck!

    I agree with Dave. This is right on!

    Too many Christians want to gripe and complain about the current state of affairs in Washington, but they don't want to pray. Or, when they pray, they don't pray in an attitude of love and forgiveness, but in an attitude of "O Lord, I'm so glad I'm not as stupid as THEY are!" I think a lot more positive change would come about, if every Christian would pray for our leaders, from Obama right down to the local mayor and such, with God's Love as the driving force, not judgment and criticism.

    I was talking to a Christian sister last night, and the topic turned to politics, and her first words about Obama was, "he's an idiot!" Well, okay, maybe he hasn't made the best choices, or said the greatest things. But this sister's attitude isn't changing Obama, all it's doing is upsetting her digestive system. Our criticisms of other people don't change them.

    You're so right when you say we need to become more informed, and more involved with the political system. And our represenatatives and senators really do want to know what's on our minds. But they don't want to hear biting criticism and harsh opinion; they want information they can work with. They have to deal with over 300 other people on Capital Hill that have "agendas" and they don't have time to listen to a bunch of emotional drivel. Yet, if we communicate with them in a level-headed manner, and explain our position to them with grace and humility, more often than not they will listen to us, respect our voice and not shut us out.

    Thanks for bringing out the passage about how the king was to keep the words of God before his eyes. That's a great passage, and one we could pray over Obama. Because it IS true that "the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord." I wish a lot more members of the body of Christ truly believed that statement.

    Keep speaking, Pastor Chuck. Keep leading, keep boldy proclaiming the truth, keep turning the hearts of the people toward a godly attitude. Your example is powerful.

    Blessings to you and yours!

  2. I too agree this is right on! I was talking with some people the other day and then up came the topic of politics. I just sat there for a minute listening to everyone bash, and I do mean bash almost every politician out there.

    Then as they finished I just posed a few questions… first was did you vote. Many Christians today have told me I have prayed and I just don't think that there is anyone right for the job. Hmmm… well if you don't vote don't complain. Simple as that!

    Then I asked them why is it we as Christians can grasp the power of the tongue when it is things that have to do with our own lives but yet we don't use it when looking at politicians. I have heard many people say, "He will never change," or "he is a worthless idiot." What good can come from these words? Aren't we supposed to speak LIFE not death!? I think we all as Christians need to make sure that all our words are lifting up rather than beating down.

    The last thing I had asked was did you pray? I am with you Pastor I may not have voted for Obama, but we HAVE to pray if we want ANYTHING to change. Sitting around speaking idle words in worthless! I get so tired of people saying well, there is nothing I can do! PRAY PRAY PRAY!! Stay informed and pray on the issues, pray for the politicians and pray for our country!!! We all know the grave state our nation is headed if it doesn't change, so let’s pray together rather than continuing to let idle words pour out of our mouths.

    Sorry if I have offended anyone. I pray you all have a blessed day!

  3. Well this is gonna be raw and uncut (I'm not gonna be fake about it), I can't stand Obama!!……however, God loves him and we are commanded to pray for our nations leaders (REGARDLESS) I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

    So hard not to vent about his priorities concerning the military, healthcare, gov. spending, taxes, and such when it has affected my loved ones. I cannot pretend that I'm not disgusted with him.I have gotten to the point that the Obama bashing texts, emails are just annoying and I rarely open them anymore. The negativity is so obnoxious and just ends up getting me worked up for nothing. And the bashing doesn't get us anywhere either. So we must pray:)

    I am finally to the point where Im praying more than I complain about him. HE CAN CHANGE! The truth is that God can even work through him! We could be a great nation, we have BIG potential.

    He will NEVER be my favorite person, but I will still pray:)

    Mel

  4. I love your honesty Mel!! You see, thats exactly how I have FELT at times as I watch our nation suffer the consequences of poor leadership. Yet, just as I've written in this blog and as you have commented… anyone CAN change.

    I think there is a hatred for this President from many conservatives… just like there was a hatred for George W Bush from many liberals. It's like we secretly wish for him to fail.

    I bet if people were honest, they would tell you how they don't even want President Obama to change because they don't want him to turn out a good President.

    I want our President to lead this country in a positive direction. I want him to SEE THE LIGHT while in office… and go out a good president. Of course, this will mean that he will need to break almost EVERY promise he made on the campaign trail and violate EVERY ONE of his FAR LEFT liberal convictions. But hey… anything is possible!

  5. A few more important details in this area:

    1.) We should be "disgusted" with what is going on in politics today. If we truly have the heart of Christ, we should have every evil way.

    2.) As Chuch said, we should immerse ourselves in God's Word, fot that is how we know which laws are godly and which ones are evil. We should push for godly laws, and leave the name-caling to our opponents. This occomplishes nothing other than to make Christians look childish. We are to "honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect</b., having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil." (1 Peter 3:15-17)

    3.) Pray for God to change the hearts of wicked leaders, or else raise up godly ones to replace them (both are biblical prayers.)

    4.) Beware of sentimentalism. It's amazing how many Christians began to support the healthcare monstrosity once they thought abortion provisions have been removed. Socialism is demonic with or without abortion.

    5.) Don't try to solve the world's problems at the ballot box. By all means, vote (and God does care how we vote), but remember that God is in charge regardless of who wins.

    6.) Don't buy into the "separation" myth. This is neither Biblical nor Constitutional. All legislative acts are religious in nature. In fact, the right to legislate is a religious issue. Even the most ardent secularists bases his laws on a view of God, man, law, rights, and ethics, etc. There can be no "religious neutral" position, for, "Whoever is not with me is against me…" (Luke 11:23). If you want to know what a "secular" government looks like, we have plenty of examples from last century under Stalin, Hitler, Pol-Pot, etc.

    7.) Don't buy the common belief that Christianity should be a "private" belief and have no influence on our culture. Jesus said something about worthless salt. Let us pray that secularists are defeated, as well as exposed for what they are, dogmatic promoters of the false religion of Caesar-worship. John the Baptist got political, and it cost him his head. We, however, are afraid of losing our tax-exempt status. Sad/

    That's my political sermon for the day!!!

  6. Thanks for commenting Puritan Lad! Great thoughts to consider.

    Thank God, America is still a democracy. Thank God we possess the right to challenge our government. I believe this can be done with passion… and just like the early disciples of Christ, we can be VERY PASSIONATE… VERY FIRM… VERY PERSUASIVE… as long as we present our position with respect for the offices that exist.

    I'm working on the final chapter of my book… and I'm wondering how you feel about political correctness. In that chapter, I am writing about this balance between "contending for the truth" and "honoring governments."

    To me, it seems that while we are commissioned to tell the truth… we are also commissioned to respect current authorities. The Christian population of this land has been living in the FEAR of persecution… and BEHIND the BANNER of PEACE. The moral voice of our land has been suffocated under the political correctness movement.

    I do not feel like we bring honor to God or progress to his eternal purposes when we bash gays, blow up abortion clinics, and trash our Presidents. Yet, evil prevails ONLY when righteous people fail to SPEAK UP… when we fail to have a PRESENCE… when sit in SILENCE while our nation slides into annihilation.

    Would love to hear some of your radical views on the topic. Not only Puritan Lad… anyone else have thoughts you'd like to share? I can't read for pages… but a few paragraphs would be super! Have a great day!!

  7. Oh absolutely. The church has not been given the power of the sword, but of the keys. It is the government that has been given the power of the sword. God has established three forms of earthly government to carry out His will, the civil government, the church, and the family. Each has been given a task, and must be respected in that task. However, each has also been given boundaries that it may not cross without offended God, the ultimate authority. When they do so, we are obliged to speak out. We are to honor the state (Romans 13), but should speak out when it acts ungodly (Mark 6:18). Blowing up abortion clinics is murder, and the church may not do this. However, it should excommunicate anyone who claims to be a Christian and continues to support abortion without repentance. That is an authority that it does have. We are to speak up against homosexuality, but without "bashing", and to stand against ungodliness in the oval office without "trashing" the occupant of that office. In the end, "…We must obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)

  8. Love this timely and necessary post Chuck, thanks for the heads up on Facebook. Couple of thoughts:
    – We are all "kings", little k. Everyone one of us has a charge over a kingodom of God's choosing. We would all do well to rule according to the scripture you quote. It is VITALLY important People may not visit churches, but they are ALL in the marketplace. And they are watching and wanting to see authentic, passionate, this-is-how-it's-done Christ following.
    – To go one step further, I am convinced that there are folks called to have political kingdoms (again, little k) that are deceptively put off by the political environment and process. Oh that they would here clearly and respond (and who knows, that might be for me too…).
    Blessings Chuck, keep up the engaging posts.

  9. WORDS communicate and bring LIFE or DEATH! As Christians we speak "death" over our government and ourselves when we make statements about "hating" a leader or someone in authority. Why not pray for a blessing to come our President's way or that the Senate and House be blessed today? Why not pray that GOD show up and show them a NEW way by interjecting a new thought or idea out of their ordinary way? We should be thanking God for our government (after all HE established the FIRST government, in a different fashion) and speak and pray positive thoughts and prayers over them. I am not an Obama fan by any means but God has shown me that if I don't pray FOR him and for all government, then I have NO RIGHT to complain or say anything about it. Change may not come with this administration, but if Christians will RISE UP, STAND UP FOR THEIR BELIEFS, and GET ON THEIR KNEES AND PRAY then who knows what God can do! Aren't we COMMANDED TO PRAY FOR OUR ENEMIES? At this point, I believe this President and government have gained that title of "enemy" as it appears they are out to destroy everything our NATION UNDER GOD has stood for and was established on.

  10. Rae,

    If you are refering to my post, then you may want to read a little closer. I said that we should hate every evil and false way. In fact, I never mentioned Obama.

    If not, no worries…

  11. Puritan Lad: I was not commenting on anyone else's comments, just speaking where the Lord has taken me regarding prayer for our government and the use of MY WORDS (as well as anyone else who speaks). The Bible gives us guidance on the use of our words.

  12. Sounds like the blog is well balanced as written… I sincerely appreciate all of your additional comments. If we put it all together… we will feel compelled to engage in the political process with secret prayer and public action… a whole lot more than we have been doing in recent years. Great talk you guys!! God bless everyone… and dont forget to actually pray for tonight's state of the union address.