Re: Religion and Politics?

Since no one has responded to the previous post, I will comment on the mix of religion and politics myself and chime in with a few observations. image image Both subjects can be volatile and have been known to split friends and families more often than any other topic of conversation. I can remember a few uncomfortable Thanksgiving Days in my own extended family history.

With an election coming up in November, both seem to be topics that are increasingly on the blogosphere. Actually, I am interested in both all the time.

My Response: Yes, Christians should be involved in politics:

1. We should vote.

2. We should support the best people for office.

3. We should support issues that are important to Christians.

4. We should support issues that are best for our family, community, society, culture, and country.

5. Some Christians may actually be called and inspired by God to be politicians (as strange as it seems).

My Concerns:

1. It does not serve the gospel well for the church and Christian organizations or groups to be connected with or overly identified with one particular political party. Christians need to be an active influence in all of the parties–particularly both major ones.

2. Increasingly, the media, atheists, and leftist ideologues are trying to push Christianity out of the public arena.

3. Increasingly, the media, atheists, and leftist ideologues are verbally supporting the idea that Bible believing Christians should be disqualified from public service—because of homophobia, anti-abortion stances, belief in creationism, support of Israel, and because Bible believers are considered hopelessly ignorant.

4. Increasingly, the media, atheists, and leftist ideologues are picking out and portraying Charismatic/Pentecostal Christians as crazy (observe the recent treatment of Palin’s AOG connection).

5. Some conservative Christians do drive me nuts—-those who insist that Barack Obama is really a Muslim—and those who say that they would vote for even a bad supposed Christian before they would vote for a very qualified Mormon.

6. Politics can not be and never will be a substitute for the Gospel or true revival. If you really want to change the country—pray for revival. If you really want to change your neighborhood, community, and family—present the Gospel.  If you really want change—Christ is the one and only true Messiah.           *Top

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