“Is Christian Leadership Involvement Needed In The Political Arena?”

13 07 2011

Greetings I bring to you my dear friends in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ Our Redeemer. Dear friends, as we take a look at today’s topic entitled, “Is Christian Leadership Involvement Needed In The Political Arena?” There are many believers out there who will say that we as Christians should not get ourselves involved in politics. Let us as believers take a look at the word of God and see if we as believers should get ourselves involved in politics. Please do read the rest of the article and be blessed my friends.

Dearly beloved, before we move on first let us understand the meaning of the word political? Well, in today’s life, we see this as the practice of governments in the civil arena; politics usually refers to involvement and influencing those who govern.  Many of us believe that we as believers should serve others with love and compassion. But the question here remains, Is politics an area where we need also to serve people? Yes, it is true that we need to serve people in all levels and being in the political arena is one of them. Why are we as believers should restrict ourselves from getting involved in the politics? All believers should rise in leadership not only in the churches but also in the political arena. We need more believers in governing the country wisely, justly and for the good of all. We need more believers to rise so that there will be godly governing with the divine protection from above to guide the believing leaders in the political arena. Why is it important to have a godly governance? Evil men don’t understand the importance of justice, but those who follow the Lord are much concerned about it – Proverbs 28:5.

Dear friends, Governments govern people, they will decide if we are going to live as free people or oppressed people. They will also, by their laws, decide on how we are going to worship God – whether it be freely or under persecution. They will also set the standard of morality by the laws that are enforced. The question is – by what standard are they going to govern?  If we are going to fulfill God’s purpose in ministering to people’s needs, then surely this means that we are going to have to deal with social problems. How can we implement God’s Word and demonstrate love for the poor if we do not get involved in politics? How do we take care of the poor, the widows and the orphans, without being involved in politics?

Dear friends, we need godly men and women in positions of authority, so that we may have a peaceful, just and moral society for the people to live in. If the moral, righteous people of our country do not take their responsibility in government, then we leave the doors open for our nation to be governed by the wicked and immoral.With good men in authority people rejoice, but with the wicked in power, they groan – Proverbs 29:2 Yes, people of God, that is why we need good believers as leaders in the political arena.We know that the function God has given government is the dispensing of justice and the restraining of evil (Romans 13:1-4). But do we see it happening my friends? That is why we need godly men and women in position of authority in the political arena.

Dear friends, many of you would say that Jesus wasn’t involved in politics. He also did not tell His followers to join any specific political party or movement.But if we look at Jesus Christ’s stand in His day, we will see that He took quite an extreme political position. He basically challenged the existing order by announcing a new government – that is the Kingdom of God – and He Himself as head of it. At the time of Jesus, the Jews were living under the government of the Roman Empire. People could worship the gods of their choice, so long as they also worshiped the Roman Caesar, who was seen as their god.Refusing to worship Caesar (the Emperor) was seen as an act of treason, which was punishable by death.

That is why so many early Christians were persecuted by the Roman State, not because they were involved in various religions, but because the Roman authorities saw their religion as a threat to the state. Jesus Christ stated that He, and not Caesar, had all authority in heaven and earth. His disciples understood that God’s Laws took precedence over Caesar’s laws. In other words, He challenged the political and spiritual authority of the most powerful government in the world at that time. Jesus told us to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God the things which are God’s. The Bible makes it very clear that when man’s law violates God’s Law, then we are to obey God rather than man. And we see the disciples doing this in Acts Chapter 5.

Dear friends, we know that Jesus’ disciples did not get involved in politics, but that was because Rome was not a democratic country. Political involvement, as we know it today, did not exist. We know that Jesus Christ proposed a higher Law and a new King, Himself, and the Christians of His day were prepared to sacrifice their lives for Him. Many people think that the early church used to “just preach the Gospel”, which they think is very good and not political. However, the word “Gospel” in the day of Caesar, referred to Caesar’s speeches and authoritative decrees. It should be obvious that Jesus, and the early church, challenged the political and religious people of their times, but the question still remains if God expects us to become involved in politics today? At the very least, we play an indirect role in being involved in politics by voting at the national and local elections. It is very important to influence government officials because the poor are usually impacted first by changes in the economy, and these changes are generally brought about by new laws and policies as passed by government. God has also commanded us to liberate the oppressed. We often find that the greatest agents of oppression in the world are secular humanist and authoritarian governments. Wouldn’t it be an effective way of liberating the oppressed by influencing those governments to pass laws that can help rather than exploit these people? And to do that we need believers up there to voice out their opinions.

Dear friends, while the institution of government is ordained of God, it is obvious that God does not approve of all governments. It should be obvious that God did not approve of Hitler, Stalin, Mao or Idi Amin or any other bloodthirsty dictator in history. Governments must live and rule according to God’s purpose, they need to protect the innocent, punish the guilty and preserve the peace, so that we can live peaceful and godly lives in our country. When God’s Law comes into conflict with man’s law, then we as Christians need to obey God’s Law above man’s law. And, this might also mean that we need to physically resist the wicked when they oppose the Law given to us by God. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 we are instructed to pray for God’s wisdom and for direction for our leaders so that we might “live peaceable and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Saviour who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.”

Dear friends, for God to demonstrate His justice in government, He uses godly men and women in government, to do His will. We need to defend those who can’t defend themselves (Proverbs 31:8). We are to give fair judgment to the poor, the afflicted and the orphans. How can this be done in a society, when Christians remain outside the areas of politics and justice? Christians were told by the Apostles that they must not sue each other in secular courts, but that they needed to go to the church elders to settle their civil disputes. The Roman governors of the day began to appoint the early church Bishops to positions as judges, because of their reputation for integrity and high moral ethics. Rome became very insecure because their court systems became corrupt and the only way to correct this was for the Roman authorities to appoint godly men as the administrators of justice.

Dearly beloved, why is it that we need believers up there in the political arena. it is because they have proven it. For example, in England, we saw statesmen, like William Wilberforce – who led the fight to abolish slavery. Christians such as Lord Shaftsbury were also involved with correcting child labour abuses. Christians brought about reform to insane asylums, they worked in prisons and have had a great impact on every level of society. Christians established thousands of missions around the world including orphanages, schools, hospitals and medical clinics. Christians have led the way in bringing literacy and modern sanitation to multiplied millions of people around the world. All these reforms were brought about by social action of godly men. Many leaders in Africa received their basic education from missionaries and church schools. Friends,we as Christians, need to be represented in the government. Encourage our children to get into the political arena. With only a minority of believers voices in the government it will not be heard. Rise up believers in Christ Jesus that many will be in the political arena to bring about godly governance into existence. Be Blessed and Stay Blessed always.

God Bless.

Jasmine.C

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