Politics-Religion

Please allow me to get to the
point quickly on these two topics.

1.
The church is separate from
the government.
Government was
created by God for the good and
protection of the people. Government
is not to usurp the church nor take orders
from the church. Christians are to submit
to the ruling authorities. Government is to
submit to God—the only true God.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).

2.
Jesus did not participate in politics nor did He criticize poorly run or ungodly government. He was not a lobbyist or activist against the government. He spoke for God and His will. God is above human government. Jesus often spoke against the religious leaders of the day (Pharisees and Sadducees) because they grew to oppress God’s people. Yet even they were under the thumb of the Roman government.

Let me address commonly asked questions and statements made on these topics.

» Should government legislate morality?
» Should we be at war in other countries?
» American government is corrupt, therefore we should not have to submit to them.
» American government taxes too much.
» The extreme religious right is wrong and hateful.
» America was / was not born as a Christian nation.


In answering these questions let us lay the foundation with two prominent scripture passages.

Give to God What is God’s.

Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said. And they *sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus perceived their malice, and said, “Why are you testing Me, you hypocrites? Show Me the coin used for the poll-tax.” And they brought Him a denarius. And He *said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They *said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He *said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” And hearing this, they were amazed, and leaving Him, they went away” (Matthew 22:15-22).

Be Subject to Government
“ 1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. 5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor” (Romans 13:1-7).

» “Should government legislate morality?”

Yes and No. Laws should not be created which are contrary to God’s word or principles. But moral legislation should be enacted for the purpose of demonstrating we are on God’s side. We cannot expect the blessings and provisions of God when we blatantly legislate against Him and push Him out of our laws.

The religious government of Jesus’ day oppressed the people and Jesus pronounced seven woes on them. The Roman government during Jesus’ time was pagan and against Israel. We see throughout the Bible where God was against pagan countries and with His chosen people. So, whose side do we want to be on?

The government has a moral obligation to live within its means, to protect its citizens, to encourage industriousness and discourage indolence, and to secure our borders against terrorists and drug cartels.

» “
Should we be at war in other countries?”

God ordained government for good and also protection of the people. There are times when we need to fight to protect our freedom and even possibly times when God uses a war to judge a country for their sin. Whether we should be at war is a decision of our elected government leaders. These leaders will have to answer to God for their decisions. It is our part to know whether we are obeying a doctrine of man or of God.

Jesus told His disciples that there would be wars and rumors of wars. He did not say He agreed with them or disagreed with them. But He knows the heart of man (deceitfully wicked... Jeremiah 17:9) and that not everyone is His follower. As such, for a time, sin reigns. As an individual we are to put the needs of our neighbor ahead of our own. This might mean protecting our neighbor from an enemy.

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“American government is corrupt, therefore we should not have to submit to them.”

As previously alluded to, the Roman government of Jesus’ day was corrupt and yet He said to give what is due them. He did not say to give what you agree is fair and just. (But that is how we are to treat our neighbor.)

» “
American government taxes too much.”

This may be so. However, just as the Bible predicted, the day is here where every man only thinks about himself. When the individual feels entitled to financial benefits from the government who derives the money from taxation. We are our own problem.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” ( 2 Timothy 4:3-4).

“But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.” These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit” (Jude 17-19).

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The extreme religious right is wrong and hateful.

First, let us distinguish between political movements and born-again followers of Jesus. Political worldview is what determines who is an extremist or a hater. There is no uniformity to these labels because they are based upon different “truths” or values. Everyone attempts to justify himself.

So we as Christians should measure our behavior by the Bible. What does the Bible say? about a particular issue.

Nobody is perfect and even born-again followers of Christ will commit sins. The question is “are we on God’s side” and the answer is only found in the Bible—not in politics. But even being on God’s side does not give the Christian carte blanche in ungodly behavior.

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America was / was not born as a Christian nation.

But is it really the point? Is it still relevant today? The Bible says plainly, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). Whether America was birthed as a Christian nation is less important than what we are now. What do we as a nation think about God now? We cannot ride on the coattails of our ancestors faith. We are individually and collectively held accountable. When God passes judgement, Christians and non-Christians suffer. God brings blessings on the righteous and unrighteous.

One cannot legitimately say America was not founded as a Christian. Of course it was. Where did the first settlers come from and why did they come? The original documents are readily available for anyone to read. Modern history books have been politicized.

However, one cannot read in the Bible where America is mentioned or even figured into the end times.

Christians are citizens of Heaven, members of the Kingdom of God. It is this country we look for. America has passed into a time where individual Christians need to share the gospel to the majority of Americans who do not know it. Graciously, God is bringing significant numbers of non-Christians to America and we should make sure they hear the gospel. We don’t even have to go to their country to share the gospel with them! How great is our God?!