KENTUCKY (11/4/12) - Excitement is building as the 2012 election approaches. I am not a very political person and I know all of those old people tell me that politicians are crooks and our votes don’t matter, but there is something exciting about watching the states light up red and blue on CNN. This is predicted to be one of the closest elections ever. I checked the stats on it today and Obama and Romney are literally tied nationally.
I have already voted in this election and it was the first presidential election I got to vote in. I would tell you who I voted for, but depending which side you are on, I don’t want to cause political uproar and I am also a reporter. It is not biased for a reporter to vote but it is biased for a reporter to go around telling who he voted for.
Anyway, I mentioned that I am not a very political person. The question is how does a Christian deal with the election? I think it is a sad reality that many in churches today have taken Jesus and stopped seeing him as a Lord and Master and made him a political figure. They use him to support their stance of abortion, same-sex marriage, gun laws and stem cell research.
I don’t see Jesus too much concerned with politics in the Gospels. You could argue that there are a couple times that Jesus says something political (i.e. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s). However, barely ever do I see Jesus, Paul, Peter or anyone else in the New Testament concerned with politics. I think a great many in the church today are too concerned with it.
Yes, the government does play a role in our lives, but ultimately, our calling is to the Gospel. Jesus was more concerned about healing the sick and most importantly, making disciples. When Jesus rose from the dead, he didn’t tell the disciples, “Go get elected as mayors and magistrates so that you can Christianize your nation.” He told them to go make disciples of all nations.
So how does a Christian deal with an election? Well, certainly go vote. But don’t make politics an idol above Jesus. Anything, even good things, can be made an idol over Jesus and when that happens, you don’t have Christianity, you have paganism. Jesus is a Christian’s Lord and Master, not his political party’s mascot.
Bearing the Cross
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