There’s nothing inherently wrong with politics or having a political system. God fully endorsed having kings, queens, rulers and government throughout the bible. He used these political leaders to do His will and bring Him glory.
Today's politics are different, though. If you look at how and when we involve God's name, today's politics aren't designed to promote God's will or honor Him.They are far too concentrated in serving ourselves. This is why we must be careful on where we place God in our politics. Here are some common ways that we marginalize God politically.
Helping the Poor verses Prosperity
Let’s take a look at our economic recovery. The extreme of one party believes that we should tax the rich to help the poor because the past government only bailed out the rich while the poor and middle class paid for it. The other side would say that it’s not fair to tax the rich if they earned their money and that the rich are job creators that will ultimately help the poor. The extreme left would call the rich greedy, while the extreme right would call them lazy. Meanwhile, there are groups of people protesting that because the rich got bailed out from their financial obligations, everyone else should, too.
But what does the Bible say?
Hebrews 13:16: Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Philippians 2:4: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
These verses, and many more, clearly say that we should help the poor. Do you see any conditions? Qualifiers? Absolutely not, because all people are God’s people.
However, that doesn’t justify not working or being lazy. God loves hard workers and he even blesses people to be prosperous:
Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
He tells us that if we work hard, we will be rewarded. This is said over and over again in the bible. He wants us to be diligent with our money.
But He wants us to help the poor without condition. There’s no hypocrisy in that. By picking only one half of this argument to justify your party is making a decision based on half of God’s word.
The Alpha and Omega
Can you believe that we also place God second in politics behind man? Here’s a political argument that I run into frequently. Friend X will say “All members of party Y are bad people and I could never vote for someone in that party.” I point out some clear, unarguable facts that leaders in both parties have done greedy things. Friend X then says “well, my ultimate ruler is God, anyway.”
Do you see what just happened there? God was an AFTERTHOUGHT when the argument was lost. Friend X put man before God until man lost. Take a look at Revelation 22:13 and you’ll see EXACTLY where God belongs in our world:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.Cursing His Children
When arguing politics, what do you say about the other party? Do you argue principles or character? Sadly it’s less of the former and too much of the latter. Instead, we make brazen accusations, commit character assassination and outright slander. We point out the leaders in each other’s camps that have morally failed- it’s very much the pot calling the kettle black. We feel that the world is going to end if the opposition wins the next election.
Have you any idea how much that goes against God’s word?
If you are a Christian, only God ends this world, not a political party or elected official. As bad as things can get, if you believe that God is as He says He is in Revelation 22:13, why put so much stock in the opposition? Different parties have ruled our country for almost 300 years now and we’re still the greatest country in the world.
Secondly, you forget that the opposition is also God’s children. And how are we to treat each other? One of the commandments is to not bear false witness. Then there is the hardest verse to keep in mind during the political season, Ephesians 4:29:
When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need -- words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you.Where Does God Belong In Politics?
God belongs in our politics because we are a nation founded on Christian principles. We should continue to pray that He will open our eyes to be wise in governing ourselves. We should pray that we seek his wisdom in the spirit of unity despite our differences. Yes, God does belong in politics. We just have to be careful that we do not obfuscate God’s true role because doing otherwise is like using His name in vain.