Should Christians get involved in politics?

PoliticsWhy not? This country was founded by Christians who got involved in politics. Some Christians say politics is full of hypocrites, and that may be true. They also say the news is too gloomy, and that may be true, so they don’t know what the issues are or who stands for what.

They say those are reasons enough not to get involved, and that is certainly not true.

I’m sure some supermarkets are run by hypocrites, but we still buy groceries. And some gas stations may be run by hypocrites, but we still buy gas… and we educate ourselves on where the best buys are on T-bones and unleaded, don’t we?

Perhaps if more Christians had been involved in American politics in the past, things would be better in the present.

Two primary ways for Christians to get involved is through intercession (prayer) and intervention.

In I Samuel 12:23, Israel had demanded a King and God gave them one. Then the prophet Samuel told the people of Israel, “God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you…” It was a sin against God, not against people, to not intercede for the nation.

I Timothy 2:1-2 tells us to pray for all those in authority so that we may live in peace. No peace? Maybe not enough prayer for those in authority.

Praying is the first way to get involved in politics. Pray for the right candidates to run and pray for those who get elected. How do you know which are the right ones? Not by remaining ignorant; not by refusing to read up on the issues or watch the daily news.

Another way to get involved is through intervention. If you think things are going the wrong way, intervene. Interfere. Interrupt. Become informed about taxes, schools, the environment, and more controversial issues. Then speak up. Make phone calls, send emails, write letters to the editor and others, talk to your friends, family and neighbors.

Silence is often taken for agreement when it might just be laziness or complacency.

There are more ways for Christians to get involved but these are the first and to me, the most important.

(Reprinted from Talk With Bette, 13 February 2007. Still appropriate.)