THE CHRISTIAN’S ROLE IN POLITICS

March 8, 2020

I pastored churches for 50 years, but never once did I try to tell my congregation who to vote for.  As a matter of fact, I never even shared with my congregations what political party I was affiliated with or how I was going to vote.

But I always did tell my congregation to be sure and go vote and how important it was. And what a privilege it was.

Jesus even talked about politics. He said to render to Caeser what was Caeser’s and to God what was God’s.

In politics, that’s what we as citizens do.  We determine just what is Caeser’s and how we let the power of the government rule over us.

So, what is the role of a Christian in the political process? 

The very things that made our country great are the same things that will continue to keep our country great – if we keep doing those same things.

Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was one of America’s greatest preachers.  And he did so many important thing besides preaching.  Finney knew that many of his accomplishments could not be done outside the right kind of political environment.  So he made this declaration to all Christians:  “The church must take right ground in regards to politics. The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them.  God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for, unless the church will take right ground.  Politics is a part of religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country, as a part of their duty to God. God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”

If that statement by Finney was true 150 years ago, it’s just as true today.

It’s our Christian duty to get involved in politics.  And especially to go and vote. There’s little excuse for a person not voting in this age.  Most elections have early voting for at least a week before the actual election day.  And many elections will allow people to mail in their ballot, if they have gotten one in advance, and will return it in time to be counted.

I have read of some countries that mandate every citizen vote.  If one fails to vote, they are assessed a big fine on their tax returns.

In America, citizens are not fined if they don’t vote, but they certainly pay a high price for not voting.

It seems so unfair that a few voters can decide what happens in our country because the majority will not take the time and trouble to vote.

I tell people all the time, “If you didn’t go vote and take time to get involved in politics, don’t dare complain.”

An old coloquial addage says, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.

That’s true in American society too. The ones who express their opinions and desires and get involved are the ones who get what they want.

The Christian way of life is at risk in the upcoming election this November, 2020. If you don’t like what you see happening in our country, you can do something about it.

Get involved with a like-minded group of people. There is power in numbers.

The Bible tells us that there is no power but that which is ordained by God.  We citizens are the ones who elect our leaders.  And whether we like them or not, it’s also our responsibility and duty to pray for them and ask God to lead them.

Will you do your part to keep America great?

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley