(Romans 13:1 NIV) Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
We’ve all heard it said that there are two things that never enter polite conversation at the dinner table; politics and religion. We cannot escape the fact that these two topics have direct bearing and enormous impact upon all our lives.
One thing God never asked us to do in the bible was to park our brains at the church door. God’s word is filled with admonitions to be thoughtful about important issues. One of the reasons that Christians tend to avoid politics is because of the supposed separation of church and state. It is widely held that if those of us from the church become too involved in politics the end result will be a state sponsored church. America was settled by people seeking the freedom to worship God their own way. That heritage is too precious to risk damaging.
Jesus knew he would be leaving us behind to live in a world filled with corruption of all kind. That’s why he prayed for us in John chapter 17. We are in the world but we are not to be of the world. He wasn’t referring to the planet earth when he spoke of the world but rather of an evil world system that did not pay homage to God.
Few things determine what the world will be but the most influential of all is politics. Even those with the best of intentions can set their course in the political world and eventually sink on its sea of corruption. They are unable to make progress alone in a system that is designed to dehumanize and control.
Our Christian forefathers, in their submission to guidance from the Lord, set up a system where our government would be subject to the people. This system was created with the knowledge that power left unchecked would always bring corruption and eventually destroy any hope of worshipping God with freedom. The way for the people to govern those who held political office was to allow them to remove any corrupt individual(s) and replace them with those who would honor the wishes of the public.
Satan has confused us, though. By causing us to focus on fears of possibly damaging our religious freedom he led us into the trap of giving up the very thing that God put in place to secure those freedoms! God has given us his armor to deal with spiritual situations, yet he refers us to the full armor of God. Not every battle against those in spiritual places takes place in the spiritual realm. Sometimes you have to be like David and fight physical battles to bring about the spiritual will of God.
Don’t forget to vote your conscience on election day.
(Ephesians 6:11 NIV) Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.