Should Christians Be Involved In Politics?

This is a hot controversy among Christians today.

Some believe that they are supposed to only go to church and share Christ’s love and not get involved with anything controversial.

Others believe that it is the duty of Christians to show Christ’s love by speaking out and making sure that the government does not allow people’s rights to be violated.

The Bible is the final authority for true and sincere Christians, and they will obey it even to death.

Therefore, let us take a look at what the Bible says about the duty of God’s people concerning politics and protecting the rights of others.

Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (The word “dumb” in this verse of Scripture refers to people who are physically unable to speak.)

Pre-born children and victims of euthanasia cannot speak for themselves so we must speak for them to defend their lives.

Proverbs 24:11-12 “If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?”

Psalm 82:3-4 “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.”

“Defend the… fatherless” That includes working to abolish abortion.

Did you know that God actually specifically speaks against abortion?

Ezekiel 16:38 “And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.”

Jesus said in Mark 3:4 “And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.”

These verses make it very plain that it is our duty to protect other’s right to life. Even our Lord Jesus Christ himself took a stand for life, and He is our example.

Today with the legalization of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research etc., it is our duty as Christians to be involved in politics and take a stand for life.

We must remember rights come from God not government, and it is our duty to make sure our government does not violate those rights.

Nowhere in the Bible does God say that anyone has the “Right to die.” No matter how sick someone is we must do everything, we can to help them live and get better and let God decide when they die; not us or even them. This is what the Bible teaches and this is what our laws need to decree, if we want God’s blessing on our nation and not His judgment.

Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:12 “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

As Christians, we cannot allow our love to grow cold, because if we sit back and allow innocent blood to be shed, then God’s judgment will fall on us too.

Jesus said in Matthew 23:23 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”

Jesus said in Mark 8:38 “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Acts 20:26-27 “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

We are to declare the whole counsel of God, not just the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Jesus took a stand for property rights in Matthew 23:14 when He said “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.”

Jesus was very politically active. The Pharisees were not just religious leaders, but also political leaders, and they were corrupt, and Jesus rebuked them a lot for their religious and political corruption.

Jesus did not rebuke Rome much for their sins, because He was sent to Israel not Rome, but Jesus sent us to the whole world.

Matthew 25:34-46 “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”

We must make sure that our laws punish evil doers, or evil will only prevail.

Ecclesiastes 8:11 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”

The above verses of Scripture show us that as Christians, we are commanded to be politically active, and we have no excuses not to be.

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