Another “Ask Steve” Question
Davy Mitchell asks: How about something regarding a Christian’s relationship to governments? From democracies to dictatorships to monarchies?
As you may have noticed, I don’t talk much about politics on the show here.
Does that mean that I don’t think Christians should be involved in politics? Not at all.
Does that mean that I don’t have any interest in political issues. Nope. I have very definite and strong opinions about many political issues.
It’s just that I have made it a point to keep politics off the show. My first order of business here has always been to share the message of hope, love and good news that is contained in the Bible.
My belief is that the surest method to make a difference in our culture is to bring someone into a relationship with Jesus. Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, or a Libertarian… a member of the Labour Party, or the Conservative Party…the thing that matters most is who you say that Jesus is. Do you know him? Do you follow His teachings? If you do, I believe that your political activities and involvement will be subject to his leading if you seek after Him.
Obviously not everyone who is involved in governing is a Christian, so when it comes to fulfilling their office, chances are they will not have the same world view as a believer and will not make decisions that would correspond to our liking. Oftentimes, in today’s society, their world view is the polar opposite to a Christian’s, and their decisions are hostile to our values.
Unless someone is there to represent the Christian voice, it is easily conceivable that we may lose the right to express ourselves at all. So I think that it is imperative that believers be involved in politics.
Let me be clear. I DO NOT think that one’s Christianity is something that should be used in order to garner votes. Too many times, I’ve seen politicians pander to certain religious groups, only to abandon the values they espoused once they got into office. It’s gotten to the point to where I won’t believe a candidate is the real deal until I’ve done some digging myself.
Same thing with businesses, by the way. When I see the fish symbol on a business’ sign or sales literature, I wonder about them. Seems to me that if you are a Christian, your business practices or your political career will testify to it and you won’t have to publicize it.
So, what does the Bible say about the believer’s relationship to governments?
Listen to the show to find out…
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