What is a Christian’s Role in Politics?

Do you hear me? Do you care?

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Lately I have been feeling very torn about whether to share things that I have learned in my research. These are not secret conspiracy things, they are just things that many people are unaware of because the powers that be like to keep people unaware of them. They are things that one person can’t really do anything to change.

For example : the climate change/energy transition agenda is driving almost all of the current events happening in the world. Many people seem oblivious to that and they don’t care. They are focused on their own lives or on more trendy, gossipy, dramatic news that the media shows them. The world is actually undergoing serious changes that a lot people don’t want to think about.

So my question is how much does the public really need to know?

Unless we are going to come together and fight the powers that are working out these plans, an unlikely and risky idea, does the world need to know about the things that may or may not directly affect them? Some of these plans may not hurt the majority of people in rich Western countries unless one attempts to thwart them. The plans even include the idea of lessening the impact on the people who will be negatively affected by the changes, but only time will tell how well that mitigation is done. In fact, there are people working within these institutions who think they are doing something good by following these plans. They believe in the mission.

And what is the Christian/Biblical thing to do here? If we are to live by faith, showing love to all, with an eternal perspective, do we all need to know the whos and whats and whys things are happening the way they are? We already know that Satan is the prince of this world and that many are working for him and that many Anti-Christs are already in the world inside churches and that Jesus is going to judge the world, and the world will eventually be burned up and a new world is coming.

So is it a Christian’s concern to find out what evil plans are in play? Or should Christians focus all their attention on doing good, obeying God, helping those who are being affected, especially those in poor countries, the migrants, the poor in our country, the sick, and of course, spreading the gospel of Jesus at all times?

I’ve spoken to a few friends about this who have said they already know how the story ends and they don’t want to know the details. They know we are headed to more and more evil in the world. They would rather just live their lives and trust that God has it all under control. I understand that. But is that what God wants us to do? Just let it play out? Or can we postpone the inevitable by not allowing evil men to flourish? How do we balance seeking justice with not resisting the evil man? Can one resist evil if we stay uninformed?

To complicate matters, we are dealing with two groups with opposing interests trying to solve a problem and neither group is approaching the problem from a Biblical standpoint, because both groups are worldly. Christian input is not welcome by either side.

Either way, to know or not to know, the only way to overcome evil is by doing good. So if every Christian were to live in love, by faith, giving a reason for the hope that is in them, which is the hope of eternal life, that would be a powerful force indeed.

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17 comments

    • Haha! CA, the song lyrics are actually quite interesting even if they video isn’t great. “Do you hear me? What are words for?”. The left has corrupted language to the point that words no longer mean the same thing to different people and they have also got many people believing that you can’t even define truth. I just felt it was appropriate. 😀

      • Yes, like I said, your script, and actually the words of the song, made sense, but the video was just kind of trashy! 🥴
        C.S.Lewis warned about degenerative language; making words mean something different over time until they have no meaning at all. 😉

      • You are right about the video. I didn’t actually watch it before I posted it. I just looked up the lyrics. I replaced the video with a link to the lyrics.

  1. I think we are all called to play a different role. Some are here to tell others what is going on, others are here to do something about it, others are here to do what they are called to whatever that may be….no matter our individual calling, we are all called to live the best we can for God and follow His promptings…whatever they are and no matter how much they push us out of our comfort zone (self pep talk here!) 🙂 God Bless, Paula!

  2. We talk about the implications of this on a regular basis in our home church meetings. It is so easy to get off track (overly passive, or so jacked up that any number of issues can consume me. The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord, he directs it where ever he wills. ” Proverbs 21:1 That does give me some encouragement when it comes to politics. I try to keep my finger on the pulse of world events, w/o being consumed by them. Big topic(s) here Paula. one of the things I appreciate about you Paula is you are a thinker!

  3. Thanks for sharing this Paula. There certainly is a place in the political sphere for Christians to be involved in, but it will be different for each of us. On the one hand you have Abraham Kuyper, a pastor, professor, newspaper publisher and for two years in the early 20th century served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands. My use if the word “sphere” was an unplanned Kuyperian influence. On the other hand there is yourself, with your own place of involvement. And then there is me. I’ve got a political point-of-view, on local issues as well as within our state and country. But locally I keep quiet, because I live on a reservation and have neither voice nor vote. Plus stating my mind, for the most part, would take away from my greater role as a pastor within this community. Bringing the good news of the Lord Jesus is what guides everything else I do here.

  4. If you look back on American history (or western civilization in general), you will find that there has always been one giant grift organizing the politics of the moment. Right now, we have the climate “emergency,” which necessitates spending trillions of dollars remapping global infrastructure to new technology that, so far at least, has been unable to meet demand for energy and transportation by a long shot. Before that, the big grift was the global war on terror, which necessitated spending trillions on the squabbles of tribes that predate western civilization. Before that, we had the Cold War, which was an attempt to keep World War II-level spending in the military industrial complex going. Before that, we had the world wars and before that, slavery.

    Every single one of these periods was driven by corrupt individuals who used existential language to make some massive wealth transfer seem urgent, immediately necessary, impossible for society to function without – don’t think about the reality of what we are doing or the real human cost in our communities. (If you release the slaves, the American economy will collapse!) Each one of these had some kind of censorship or surveillance aspect to stifle dissent or merely asking questions, which only reinforced the idea that a manufactured crisis was actually some great battle between good and evil. And each one of these depleted our country’s wealth to the point that we fail to address “real” problems across generations.

    One of the big lessons from the past several years is you are not going to fight what’s happening in Washington DC by climbing down into the gutter with them. I have watched so many otherwise good people turn into politics-obsessed monsters over the past few years, providing vile examples for their children on how to behave, turning political personalities into demigods, creating litmus tests for people they will interact with, even their family members. Talking about how violence against their neighbors is justified. And not a single thing has changed as a result of it. (Well, the national debt is now past $30 trillion, so there’s that.) I am really beginning to think the only way to live well in this world is to focus on family and real community, build positive things and lead by example. Carve out your own little space to live as kindly and as honestly as possible.

    Philippians 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

    • Wow…thank you for those thoughts! you said, “I am really beginning to think the only way to live well in this world is to focus on family and real community, build positive things and lead by example. Carve out your own little space to live as kindly and as honestly as possible.” That jumped off the screen. You put into words what instinctively I’ve tried to do, just hadn’t seen that articulated it like that until now.

  5. In the Body of Christ there are different roles, and most of us are not called to enter the arena of politics. But thank God some of us are – I would not want to live in a country run entirely by the ungodly. (No politician jokes, please.) Those who are sincerely trying to be “salt and light” in our government have an uphill climb, and often feel as though the rest of us have abandoned them. As much as we loathe politics and would like to stay uninvolved, we do need to support our brothers and sisters who are in places of authority. Scripture tells us to pray for them, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, so that’s the least we can do. It would also be nice to contact them every once in a while, letting them know we’re praying for them. I know if I were on the front lines, I would want to know I’m being prayed for.
    As for getting involved in the debates of the day, I have a few criteria for speaking up, and otherwise I try to keep my mouth shut.
    1.) I have to be knowledgeable enough about the subject that I’m not going to find out later that I said something that wasn’t true. I would rather stay silent on political issues than lose my credibility and hurt my testimony on more important (eternal) subjects.
    2.) I should know that the person I speak to one who is listening intelligently and that it’s possible (s)he may have a change of heart. Trying to persuade closed-minded people is wasted time I will never get back, and I’m not getting any younger
    3.) The issue must be one that is important enough (impacting me and/or the person I’m talking with) that it’s worth the time and effort put into the discussion.
    Needless to say, after using that checklist, I usually opt to say nothing.

  6. Excellent comments in response to an insightful and honest post. Your words brought to my mind that we are always fighting against evil; so, in answer to your questions, we need to be aware of it and continue to do good against it.

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