Thoughts on Politics

Here are some of my general thoughts on politics and the Christian. Maybe they will help you think clearly about this important, but divisive, subject.

1. Politics is a privilege. What a privilege it is for us to be able to speak, participate and vote. Freedom is a great gift and ought not be taken for granted. Many parts of our world have little freedom and those living in the United States (and other countries who enjoy these freedoms) should be grateful for this treasure. Christians should be at the forefront of participating in our political process and doing all we can to help our nation go in the right direction. And, remember on occasion to thank those who protect our freedom!

2. Politics is important. We are deciding what kind of world we have and what kind of world we will leave to our children and grandchildren. Our participation matters. Our nation needs Christians to be involved whether she realizes it or not. Be sure to learn, participate and vote. It matters and makes a difference. Elections have consequences.

3. Politics is frustrating. Politicians are flawed human beings just like everyone else. Sometimes they will disappoint. Sometimes the wrong views prevail. Sometimes the majority is incorrect. But we should continue to participate and seek to be a light in this dark world. We continue to desire our nation to follow the right paths and to avoid the wrong ones even when the message goes unheeded.

4. Politics is secondary. As believers, we should never think the ultimate answer is political. Our greatest needs are spiritual. Politics is important (see point 2) but secondarily so. We should be more concerned with the spiritual needs of our neighbors than the economic, social or political. That is not saying those needs are unimportant. It is saying that our relationship with the Lord is more important than anything else could ever be. It is our greatest need.

Remember that the Lord tells us to pray for those in authority over us. Be sure to do that today. And pray for our nation, our future and your own participation.

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