Christians in Politics (1 of 2)

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Q. Should Christians be actively involved in politics?If the real and devoted Christians are in control of both the Government, the Legislature and the Court, then such absurd decisions as same-sex marriage wouldn’t and shouldn’t be made. One key doctrine of the Baptists is the Separation of Church and State, but I don’t know why this is so. Some said it’s to avoid repeating the corruption of the Catholics in power in the early centuries, others said it’s to avoid serving two Lords as political power will definitely involve financial benefits. I consulted my Sunday school teacher using Joseph and Daniel as counterexamples, but he said they were rulers for the Lord over gentile nations, not the elect. I’m quite confused and hope you can give me some clear guidance.

A. Like it or not, Christians are involved in politics, either being governed, or as part of the governing body. For the former, they can passively submit, or actively engage to resist or reform that which is unjust. That’s what Christians are doing, but should they? Based on your question I assume you are pro-involvement, while your Sunday school teacher feels Joseph and Daniel are special cases not applicable to the elect. While I believe only certain Christians are called to politics, I also feel your teacher’s reasoning is wrong as Moses (lawgiver and spiritual leader), Joshua (military leader), the judges (military and judicial leaders), Nehemiah (governor) etc. were not kings, but called to govern the elect in one form or another. So to rule out the possibility for God’s people is biblically not defensible.

Having said that, I also believe that God’s primary task for Christians is to evangelize the world and make disciples of all nations. Even though the 1st century world was just as sinful and corrupt as the 21st century world we live in, neither Jesus, nor the Twelve, nor Paul called Christians to change the world through politics. They could have, but they didn’t, consistently. Was it because there were too few Christians to do the job? Or was it because the early Christians were not bright enough to pull it off? Hardly, with only a few committed, all-out Christians they managed to “turn the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). That’s why I believe contrary to what some have proposed, changing the world through political means is not the way to go. That’s the way of the Antichrist, not Christ.

(To be continued)