Politics and Relevancy

Should Christians play a part in politics? If so how?

Indeed, the way Christians respond to this question may reflect whether or not they are relevant in today’s society and in what way.

Firstly, I do believe that Christians have a vital role in contributing to the American process of Democracy. I remember pledging many times “…to the republic…” What does this pledge mean except that I take part in what our constitution declares?

“We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…

As an American, I have the privilege to shape the direction of this country. I would hope that our country honors God, and while I do not think a theocracy would honor Him per se, (Look at some Kings that didn’t last) I believe a merciful, just, and gracious country that promotes Godly values would. (Mitt Romney said it pretty well in his Religion speech that was recently delivered.)

Secondly, I believe that by serving your country, you are able to serve God and live the kind of life God desires. (This doesn’t mean you can’t serve God in other ways, but the political way is a possibility) To be brief, God gives us the command to love him and our neighbor. Insuring that our country values God and/or Godly values and that our country allows us to worship freely, results in the presence of God among the people. This allows us to not only be engaged and love our neighbor better, but it helps demonstrate to non-believers that we as Christians care about what happens to them and where our country is going. In that way, we can build bridges on issues people care about in order to fulfill the Great Commission.

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