Christians and politics
He’s a loudmouth! She’s a liar! Have you heard those words lately? This election year seems to be the craziest I’ve ever seen. So just what is the Christian’s response to all the madness? What involvement should a follower of Jesus have in the political scene?
In the book of Esther we read about a time when the Jewish population was living in the Persian Empire and one of the most beautiful Jewish ladies, Esther, became the queen of the land. When there arose an evil man named Haman who had it in his heart to annihilate the Jews, God had another plan. When Esther’s uncle Mordecai heard of the plot, he asked Esther to go to the king and intercede for the people. But when Esther was hesitant he reminded her that her fate would be the same as all her people and he prompted Esther with these words;
Esther 4:14 — “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Listen to the words from a wise man, who in essence said: “Now is not the time to remain silent, if you do God can still deliver us but you will pay the price. And who knows – that God has you in this time and this place for this reason.”
When people ask me about how involved they should be politically, I remind them that God has us in this place, the United States of America where we enjoy the right to vote and our government is subject to the people. And God has us in this time in history for a purpose and perhaps it’s to bring some sanity to the world.
So how involved should the Christ follower be in politics? If you believe in the sovereignty of God, that he has us in this place and this time, then you have to believe it’s time for his people to rise up and do what they can to bring our government to a place where we can fulfill what our founders said: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
How involved any Christian is, depends on what they are able to do and what the Lord shows them to do. However, I believe every Christian should exercise their right to vote and hold the governing authorities accountable. As Edmund Burke said so well: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
What are you doing this political season? Are you helping spread the madness and division, or are you working to shine the light of God into our political system? Be involved to whatever degree you can but if you do nothing, God can still deliver — but you will not be exempt from the consequences. So help spread the truth and help bring down the rhetoric and who knows that God just might use you to bring about his plan for the future.
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.