Not Just “Civic Duty”

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The Truth War – JonChristopher “Jayman” Alan Collins – MARCH 15, 2017

Common etiquette says not to talk about politics, sex, religion, or money. Most people have heard this quote in some variation when preparing to have dinner with friends or family. The people who say this may be well intentioned, but the quote itself is dangerously hypocritical. Many people who claim to adhere to this quote are not consistent in how they utilize it. The fact is, more people are actually comfortable with carelessly talking about sex and mishandling their finances. When it comes to religion and politics these people retract in their shells like turtles. Sadly, this condition appears more prevalent among the church. Christians should engage in government politics because Christians have been given authority by God, Christians are called to be salt and light, and Christians are needed to stand against evil.

Christians should engage in government politics because Christians have been given authority by God. It is unfruitful to follow Jesus’ command to make disciples if God’s people are unwilling to engage all people in all industries. Jesus calls his people to make disciples; that means his disciples are to influence every area of the world. In his article “Politics: Should Christians Get Involved?” the President of Summit Ministries, Dr. Jeff Myers said, “It is hard to imagine that Jesus would have wanted the political realm to be excluded.”SQ Therefore, it would do all people good to recall the principle said to originate from Washington DC: if people are not at the table, they are on the menu. Simply put, if God’s people refuse to engage with others at the table, they have missed an opportunity to influence others in a Christ like manner. Jesus never refused invitations to be with people at a table. Therefore, Christians should be the same way regarding opportunities to involve themselves in any arena, including government politics.

The second reason Christians should engage in government politics is because Christians are called to be salt and light. It takes one look in scripture to realize that not only did God give his people authority, but that authority also made his people influential. Dr. Gary Scott Smith is the Chair of the history department at Grove City College; he wrote an article titled “Should Christians Participate in Politics?” Talking about Jesus, Smith said, “He also instructed His followers to be light, salt and leaven—to have an enlightening, preserving, uplifting effect on their societies. Moreover, His teachings, coupled with those of various Old and New Testament writers, supply guidelines and norms for political and social life.”LQ Here is a real life example of being used as salt and light: before I got into the field of journalism, I was pursuing a career in Hollywood as an actor and singer from elementary school up until my junior year of high school. I had personal friends and even doctors refer me to singing and TV show auditions. I could have kept going, but I was disturbed when it was revealed that in order to climb to the level of success I wanted, I would need to compromise my morals. I stopped pursuing the dream, but people still remember me as the entertainer. “While some have been corrupted or at least tarnished through their participation in politics, many others have maintained their character and political integrity,” Smith declares. “Politics is no more inherently dirty or corrupting than business or social relationships.”RIQ Smith also notes:
“Almost all of our founders, whether they were Christians, deists or theistic rationalists, believed that religious values and traditional Christian morality were essential to the success of the republic they created. In the First Amendment they prohibited the establishment of a national church and insured freedom of worship. The much quoted phrase “the separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution but instead stems from Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, and the third president did not mean by its use that individuals must leave their religious values at the door when they enter political life. Indeed, he did not do so himself. In a democracy, all citizens have the privilege of arguing for policies based on their personal philosophical and religious commitments.”
Christians can even look back to the Old Testament to see examples of God’s people having influence in political environments. Examples like that in the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel illustrate this. Upon the refusal of the three men to bow to and worship the image of a god King Nebuchadnezzar made, Nebuchadnezzar had them placed into a fiery furnace. To his shock, Nebuchadnezzar saw the three men walking around unharmed in the company of a fourth man. Nebuchadnezzer said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the sons of the gods . . . Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort” (Daniel 3:25-29).

The third most important reason why Christians should engage in government politics is that Christians are needed to stand against evil. Most people would say that this is obvious, but the sad part is that many Christians do not see this. Instead, Christians have allowed themselves to be divided via political parties. The time is now for Christians to realize that the divide should not be between brothers and sisters, but between the people and a corrupt government. The advent of President Trump has brought the issue of Globalism to the forefront. For years discussing global governance was considered taboo, but not anymore. Even mainstream media host Sean Hannity has recently said that those who have been considered conspiracy theorists for discussing the topic are now being vindicated. For the apolitical Christians who do not watch media, the future plan for global government is obvious in the book of Revelation. Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute, Dr. John Fonte wrote an article titled “Why Global Governance Reeks of False Utopia” in 2015. Fonte begins the article by introducing globalist Strobe Talbott and his book, The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation. Fonte quotes Talbott as saying: “I remember being perplexed in Sunday school over why God was so angry about Babel . . . What, exactly, was wrong with that?”EL It is evident throughout history that God has never wanted Globalism. Sadly, the world has been moving towards a one world government for some time. A New World Order or global government has been promoted by many people including: H.G. Wells, Richard Dawkins, and even CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite. More interesting is the number of high profile government officials of modern times who have pushed this agenda. Globalism does not discriminate on political party affiliation because the idea of global government crosses party lines. In a nutshell, Fonte says the arguments for Globalism are to bring about peace and justice globally. According to Fonte, this school of thought is found among many including: the U.N. the E.U. and major American foundations like the Ford and Rockefeller foundations.PP That is obviously an impossibility because only God can do that. Deeper analysis of this ideology reveals a darker picture. While Globalism sounds nice it is not realistic; anyone who promises a utopia is echoing tyrants of old. Christians should be opposed to this ideology. Globalism places man in God’s position; furthermore, Globalism is antithetical to the Founding Fathers’ vision for the nation. Globalism says that humanity is flawed and therefore is incapable of self-governing, thus, a political elite should rule. This is unsound logic; only God alone can bring about a true utopia. In fact, for years globalists have written papers on how incapable the public is of governing themselves. Christians should find this arrogance troubling. If for no other reason Christians should engage in government politics because of this.

Christians worldwide should engage in government politics because Christians have been given authority by God, Christians are called to be salt and light, and Christians are needed to stand against evil. To say God does not care about government would be a weak cop out because God cares for his people and all institutions. Is the concept of government not from God? To remedy the lack of Christian participation in government politics, Christians need to ask God for wisdom and understanding regarding why government affairs are important.

Works Cited
Fonte, John. “Why Global Governance Reeks of False Utopia.” Charisma 9 Sept. 2015: n. pag.
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Myers, Jeff. “Politics: Should Christians Get Involved?” Summit Ministries, 2002.
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Smith, Gary Scott. “Should Christians Participate in Politics?” Center for Vision and Values. Grove
City College, 8 Nov. 2007.
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