Friday, January 13, 2012

Do Christian's Have A Roll In Politics?

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

John Adams

            These were the words of our second president, a founder of our country and a leader of our nation. Together with many others, he labored to form a more free government and give our young nation guidelines to go by. Although the men that formed our Constitution came from differing backgrounds and religious beliefs, one thing is certain; the United States was formed by religious men, meant for religious men. But today we see just the opposite happening. We see our Constitution being changed by an unmoral and nonreligious people. 

            With the sad deterioration of American’s morals, the question at hand becomes, “What are Christians supposed to do about it?” Unfortunately, most Christians don’t know the answer to this question. When election time comes around, many of them just end up choosing the “lesser of two evils,” which means still choosing an “evil.” What is even worse is that our morals have been so degraded that many acclaimed Christians do not consider Biblical morals in the ballot box at all. So what do we do? Should we simply pay, pray and obey, a philosophy followed by many of the Amish and Mennonites? Or should we step out and take a stand? According to author Rick Boyer, three of every four professing evangelical Christians do not even vote.[1]  It’s no wonder that a government created for a moral and religious people cannot stand, because the very people who still hold to those values cannot even cast their vote.

            Unfortunately, it’s a downward hill. If Christians cannot even cast their vote, then they cannot possibly help support a moral candidate, and heaven knows they couldn’t run for office themselves. The fact of the matter is, if Christians don’t do it, someone else will. And that someone else is probably going to be a candidate that goes against righteous morals. Then we get to listen to the complaints and whining of unhappy people, who didn’t have the decency to vote, but have no problem getting upset over the results.

            What Christians need to realize is that just because we are headed downhill does not mean that we cannot turn around and start heading back up. Yes, it is going to be a much harder trek, but that did not seem to frighten our founding fathers. They gave their very lives creating and protecting the freedoms that we have. What we need to do is start standing up for what is right and not choosing the less evil, but rather choosing candidates that have morals. Of course, for some of us, the words “independent” or “third-party” make us squirm, but if enough Christians started standing up for what is right, politicians might catch on, in fact some of them have already. 

            Matthew 5:13-16 says, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” This is a Christians roll in politics; to shine in a dark world, whether that means running for public office, helping and supporting Godly men or voting. We cannot be passive and let our nation fall into shambles. We must protect our freedoms and our Constitution. So to answer the question, "Do Christians have a roll in politics?" the answer is, "YES!" The only question remaining is, "Will Christians have the courage to take a stand in politics?"

[1] Rick Boyer, “It’s Not Too Late For America”


Peter Bringe said...


Really, all people are religious. Everyone has something, or a few things, that they worship and that determines their basis for how they know things, what is, and what is right. But I think your are using it in a way like John Adams used it, in a specifically Christian context.

Also, I am with you on the lesser of the two evils, mostly, but isn't any choice going to be the lesser of two evils, as all men are sinful. Why can't you phrase it, the better of two sinners?

Anyways, I do agree that Christians should take much more of a stand in politics, and especially a more biblical one. In fact, Christians should start living like Christians more in all of life. I can't think of an area of life that doesn't need more biblical Christian involvement than it already has.

Deo Vindice

Jeremiah Brensinger said...

History states that our founding fathers like John Adams, George Washington, James Madison, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee, etc. etc. all had one purpose, To form a more perfect union that as a nation places God as the supreme authority and seeks his guidance in ALL things. Unfortunately our nation does not even seek his will in much of anything. It reminds me of an old proverb, "Evil triumphs when 'good' (and i use that term loosely) men do nothing." So what can we do to help influence our nation?

I believe Kaila is right on the phrase "the lesser of the 2 evils" because all men are inherently sinners, but some are evil and others are striving for holiness. Don't you think that if Professing Christians voted for the person striving for holiness that would be a vote God would be pleased with?

Excellent Article. I really like the quote, by John Adams, it is soooooooo true. You are right on the fact that men need to take a stand for what is right. We are in this situation as a nation because of the men of former generations who sat idly by as evil men triumphed. I think our nation is to far gone personally, but I am not going to quit just because the opposition looks tough. Keep up the great articles, who needs 'CNN' news when they can read your blog?! :)


Anonymous said...

Hi Kaila-

I totally agree with you! Where are the righteous men to take a stand? I grieve for my country when there are so few godly men in government. May we all take a part in building up the stone wall like Nehemiah whether that's campaigning for good candidates or simply getting out there to vote for those good candidates! We can all do something! It is comforting to know that when we are on Christ's side we will always prevail! When it's the darkest, then the Light shines the brightest.