Christians Are too Political

Christian evangelicals helped vote Ronald Reagan, both Bushes and Donald Trump into office. Conservatives began voicing their concerns, about America’s morality, following the establishment of the Moral Majority in 1979. Their goal was to call America back to its moral roots. By 1989 the movement disbanded having accomplished its goals.¹

Christian over-involvement in politics has troubled me for forty years. I am concerned for the following reasons.

Jesus is First, Second, Third

A former pastor² use to say, “Our priority must be Jesus first, second and third.” This was true of the early church. Their singular focus was the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even persecution did not shut them down. When told to stop speaking…

Peter and John replied …
“We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Acts 4:20

Politics is an Idol

I don’t need to tell anyone how it goes during the elections. Christians are looking, supporting, and voting for candidates who are closest to their ideologies. Our prayer, our hope is in these leaders and the electoral process. If we vote the right people in, all will be well. Our allegiance and loyalty are to a party, a person, and/or a process. Politics has become a Christian idol.

Prior to the 1980s, evangelicals were known for the saving message found in Jesus Christ. Today they are known for a message of moral and political conservationism. To be a Christian today one must be anti-gay, pro-life and political conservative. Evangelicals have left the gospel of grace through faith, for the gospel of works, with no power to change lives.

No King but Caesar

Before Pilate, the Roman governor of Judah, delivered Jesus to be crucified, he presented Him to the Jews as their King.

“The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’”
John 19:15b; ESV

In the days of Samuel, a prophet of Israel, the people came asking for a king to lead them. Up to this time prophets led them. Feeling dismissed by the people, God told Samuel, the people are not rejecting you; they are rejecting me as their King.³

The same is true today of politically-minded, evangelical Christians who put their hopes in elected officials. They are campaigning against the Lamb, rejecting Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords, and putting their hope in mere humans who will die in the end

“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help there.
When they breathe their last, they return to the earth,
and all their plans die with them.”
Psalm 146:3-4; NLT†

When our hope is in God the Father and Jesus His Son by the power of the Spirit, it does not matter how this or any election turns out, we can be filled with joy. For all God’s promises are Yes and Amen in Jesus.*

Be Ye Glad!

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¹Article on MoralMajority; Article on How the Faithful Voted 2016-analysis
²Gordon Evoy (1939-2017); Chambers Oswald, “The Price of Vision,” 07-13.
³Samuel 8:1-22
†Also see Psalm 118:8; Jeremiah 17:5; Isaiah 2:22
*2 Corinthians 1:20; NKJV

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I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

20 thoughts on “Christians Are too Political”

  1. Definitely. There’s a strange mass hysteria about politics online, and I am sad to see some Christian blogs fall for that as well. It hasn’t infected my local church, thank goodness, and I hope it never does!

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  2. As you know, Lena, we see this differently. Although what you say is likely true of some believers, I know many, including myself, who do not pin our hopes and dreams upon who is elected. We simply believe it is a God given responsibility to consider which candidate is the most competent, who is most likely to respect Christian values, the Christian ethic, and the U.S. Constitution. We believe by God’s grace this country was established. We love it, and it grieves us to see what is happening to it.
    But also, we know God will have His way, His timetable, and prophecy will be fulfilled.

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  3. All through history and the nations religion has had a great to do with politics. The founding fathers set up this country on the premise it’s people would care about the policies implemented and retaining the country they paid such a huge price for in order to establish it. The famous statement made at the dawn of the U.S. Constitution says it all, that this country is only fit for a moral and religious people,and none other.
    As our culture falls into the abyss, we are seeing the sad truth of it.

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    1. One more thing MaryJo — I do not mean to imply Christians should have nothing to do with politics or the political process. It is the excessive focus that is the problem. When Christians look to leaders as the be all to end all this is troublesome. I am glad for your comments, as always. Thanks. 👍

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  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here so well and for the comments. This topic has been much on my mind, as when I look at huge injustices in the world and pray, I also feel compelled to take action and then I feel I am being political. God also led me to read 1 Samuel in my morning devotions and I have also been struck by this… but sincerely, our faith is made evident by our actions and we are called to defend the orphan and widow… Are we not therefore called to speak out against injustice? Or is that meddling in politics? I don’t know. Thank you

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    1. Yes, it is always right to address injustice. As Christians we are called to this. The problem I am addressing here in this post is the Over-Involvement in politics. That is when one’s allegiance and loyalty is to a party, a person and/or the process of voting until it has becomes an obsession. Does this make sense? If it doesn’t let me know.
      Thank-you for commenting. I appreciate your interest in this subject. Perhaps in the future I will do a blog post on injustice and the Christian.

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      1. I think it’s because I’m often accused of burying my head in the sand regarding the affairs of the world and politics, but recently I have been more vocal in my blogging and lamenting certain injustices – and fearing I had strayed too much into the political realm… I also noticed it had made me irritable and I needed to remind myself to put my hope in the King of Kings and not in human solutions – to remind myself that it is Jesus that holds us up despite the storm! He also warned that, like the Master, His followers will also face trouble from time to time. x

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      2. Like – “I also noticed it had made me irritable and I needed to remind myself to put my hope in the King of Kings and not in human solutions – to remind myself that it is Jesus that holds us up despite the storm! He also warned that, like the Master, His followers will also face trouble from time to time.” Well said! ❤

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    2. Defending the rights of widows and orphans is not being too political. Mixing politics and Christianity is — such a republican rails with national hymns, prayers, and political speakers is. Evangelicals putting their hope in a “Christian” leader is. Our hope as Christians is is God alone. The republicans are using Evangelicals although they are sheep before a shearer dumb. Note Psalm 116:3-4 above. It says a lot about this tendency toward nationalism, which is idolatry. It does not please God when we put a leader before Him. Although this response is delayed I hope this helps. If not let me know.

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      1. God has made it clear that He wants no gods before Him and also in whom we are to serve. Serving the community is also work that politics is involved in and the job of politicians is to serve the larger community so it is natural and right that our paths should cross.

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