Politics & Religion
by Susan Fiedler
Politics and religion don’t mix. Issues and religion are inextricably linked. Please let me explain. First off, I am using the word “religion” to mean a set of beliefs, not a denomination. And “politics” refers to promotion of a political party or platform, not participation in government.
Quite a few people struggled with their vote in the most recent presidential election. Bible-believing Christians clearly faced a dilemma. Which should you base your vote on? A candidate’s behavior? Church attendance? Stance on issues? Political record? It was quite a conundrum to some. What was a believer to do?
Most Christians would be inclined to vote for the (apparently) more Christian of the candidates. Wouldn’t that be what Jesus would do? Let’s take a moment and look at 20thcentury presidents. I believe that the most moral and openly Christian was President Jimmy Carter. Surely he was the best choice for a Christian, right?
Well, the only problem is, he wasn’t a good president. Critics from both sides of the aisle evaluate him as a mediocre president at best. So that doesn’t help.
Go To The Bible!
Let’s go to the Bible. Read page after page, with prayer of course. Search from Genesis to Revelation. What concept is woven into the whole book? God loves the people of Israel.
Wait a minute! Israel is just a tiny nation, just as flawed as any other. Why would God care about her? Because He promised to. And God never breaks a promise.
“ TheLordtook Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky. Count the stars, if you can.” Then he said to him, “That’s how many children will be born into your family. Abram believed the Lord…. So Abram’s faith made him right with the Lord.” (Genesis 15:5-6, NIRV)
Even kings who were not worshipping the LORD God of Israel could be used by Him. Isaiah prophesied about Cyrus in Isaiah 44:28. “I say about Cyrus,‘He is my shepherd. He will accomplish everything I want him to. He will say about Jerusalem, Let it be rebuilt. And he will say about the temple,Let its foundations be laid.’” (NIRV)
It sure would’ve been handy for God to prophesy like that about modern-day candidates. In fact, in a way, He did. God inspired Psalms 122:6. “Pray for the peaceof Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.”
Remember the God Who keeps His promises? In Gen. 12:3 He makes His perspective clear. “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (NJKV)
Choose the one who blesses Israel. That’ll never steer you wrong.