Being level-headed with politics as a Christian

As Christians, we should have some level of concern and participation in the process of democratic government.  (Not all Christians agree on this.)  After all, when we elect a leader, we’re not only voting for a person, but a worldview.  And if we love our neighbor and we believe that the Christian worldview is best for human flourishing, and we furthermore have the opportunity to promote that worldview at the ballot box, why wouldn’t we?

But the aim in this Bleat is not to argue for that, but rather to encourage us to keep a level head.  The psalmist says this:

5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 

6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 

7 The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. 

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. – Psalm 118:5-9

Let’s say that the candidate you vote for loses.  Yes, it would be a sad thing, but like the psalmist, we should say, I will not fear.  What can man do to me?  Even if we see freedom of religion continue to diminish and if persecution of Christianity continues to grow, we will not fear.  The LORD is on our side.  What can man do to us?

The worst thing man can do is kill us, and for the Christian, it is not death to die.

So, if you lose at the ballot box, keep a level head and remember that Christ is King and He has already secured your eternal joy, even if you suffer here for a little while. 

On the other hand, let’s say your candidate wins.  Keep a level head.  For that person is not the Lord.  That person is not perfect.  That person is not all-powerful.  That person is not all-knowing.  Even the most Christian-like candidate is quite capable of disappointing.  Keeping a level head means that it is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes, and presidents, and governors, and senators, and congressmen.  

So, yes, pay attention to the political process.  Vote.  But don’t let this consume you.  The Great Commission is not to Christianize government, but to make disciples of all nations.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. 


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