Beaten down by progressive hardliners and surrounded by apathetic masses, Christians are missing the motivation and inspiration to put themselves into the public square and promote good policy.
American Christians often have the common misconception that engaging in civic service is not necessary because God is in control. It is evident that many religious communities have become apathetic and unconcerned with matters imperative to the good of culture. Politics is downstream from culture, and as Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Christians can effectively invoke a tidal wave of change within politics by penetrating the culture through playing an active and relevant role in the community, living a truly humble life for Christ, and fulfilling our civil duty.
First, believers must be active in the community. The government has taken away many roles from the church, along with numerous opportunities to form relationships and show the love of Jesus Christ to people in need. We have allowed the government to use 49% of the federal budget to provide for people. By taking more time to be active in our community and churches, not only can we support those in need with a Christ centered mission, but also we can take back a responsibility that the government has put on all taxpayers. As Christians, are we not called to be the hands and feet of Christ? We simply are not doing our jobs. We spend so much time preparing for tomorrow that we forget what God has called us to do today. Western Journalism reported,
“The Judeo-Christian religious convictions which motivated people of faith to selflessly provide free healthcare for the poor for over a thousand years are now considered insignificant by utilitarian central planners.”
Second, Christians must live truly humbled, focused on pursuing eternal gain rather than earthly praise. As Micah 6:8 says, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Politicians love to play the “Christian card.” Would they give up power and fame for Christ? We need leaders who represent the true liberty and freedom that only salvation through Christ can offer.
Last year in Houston, Texas, the mayor subpoenaed five pastors’ sermons who spoke out against a bathroom bill that would allow men who “identified” as women to use female restrooms. Public officials are elected to protect citizen’s constitutional rights, not trample on them. This past Christmas in Wadena, Minnesota, the city council voted to remove a beloved nativity scene from the park after receiving just one complaint. The citizens responded by replacing one nativity, with over a 1,000 in their front yards. Although moral leaders are imperative to our continued success, Christians cannot rely on government to spread our faith. The message must come the Lord’s people. We must strive to live truly humble, and moral lives, and represent Christ in everything that we do. We are called to something greater than what this world has to offer. We are called to be the salt and the light, and represent Christ in everything that we do.
Thirdly, Christians must fulfill their civil duty. In 2012, there were 129 million voters who participated in the election. At the time there were 57 million eligible voters who belonged to protestant churches, and Pew Research Center cited news organizations concluding that 23 percent of the nation’s November 2012 voters were evangelical Protestants.
30 million voters in 2012 were members of a churches, resulting in only 52 percent of church going Christians turning out to the polls.
Many Christians say that “God is in control and thus, I do not need to vote.” Is God in complete control? Of course. But we should not sit at home and expect the Lord to provide a source of income without working either.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 says, “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” The principle still applies. Yes, God is in control, but we cannot sit idly by and expect the right candidate to be elected without first doing our part.