God seems to want us to be PART of our city, our state, our country. PART of it. He didn’t ask us to control it nor to take it over. Look at what God was saying in the book of Jeremiah. HIS people were captives in another country! God did not ask them to revolt, rebel or riot. He did not even ask them to criticize the laws in the country or try to change those laws. Here, see what God is saying:
4 “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all those he sent into exile to Babylon from Jerusalem, 5 ‘Build houses and settle down. Plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and allow your daughters to get married so that they too can have sons and daughters. Grow in number; do not dwindle away. 7 Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the Lord for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.’
8 “For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says, ‘Do not let the prophets among you or those who claim to be able to predict the future by divination deceive you. And do not pay any attention to the dreams that you are encouraging them to dream. (Jeremiah 29:4-8 NET)
So, we settle down, build our homes, marry and have children who marry and have our grandchildren. Then we are to work (and PRAY) to see that the city enjoys peace and prosperity. If it prospers, we prosper with it. And be warned… don’t be deceived, and don’t encourage others to tell you about dreams that YOU want to hear. So, now we are ready to work for peace and prosperity in our country (not work to change it to match our morals and standards… those we maintain ourselves).
(1) God is not a Democrat. God isn’t a Republican either! He is not even for the Constitution Party.
This is clear from Joshua’s encounter just outside of Jericho (and we KNOW that God was planning on taking down it’s walls). But God did not talk to Joshua about THAT DARN ENEMY … He wanted to refocus Joshua on God (who just happens to have his own army).
13 When Joshua was near the town of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and demanded, “Are you friend or foe?”
14 “Neither one,” he replied. “I am the commander of the Lord’s army.”
At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?” (Joshua 5:13-14 NLT)
So, no matter how much we want God to be on OUR side, the fact is that God is on HIS OWN side and we need to ditch our animosity for this or that political party. This is amplified by Jesus, who came to earth for God’s kingdom! Jesus did not come to be a political leader or to lead the people in fighting to change the laws of the land. We know that this is true. Even his followers were often baffled about it. They wondered why Jesus didn’t rise up and get rid of those Romans! Instead Jesus submitted to them and ALLOWED them to crucify him. And Jesus is our example, our role model. If you need further biblical information about this, here are two good articles:
- Life, Hope & Truth article: “It may come as a surprise to many, but Jesus Christ did not involve Himself with the politics of His day.” (source: Article by a pastor in our Southern States)
- Blue Letter Bible article: “when we look at the public ministry of Jesus, we find that he avoided any involvement in the current political issues of his day.” (source: Article by the author of over twenty books on the subject of evidences for the Christian faith)
(2) Jesus had a many issues focus (but did get upset with “hypocrites”)
JESUS SAID MANY THINGS (nearly 2,000 statements – source: What Jesus Said Matters). He did confirm many things that we are to NOT be doing, just as he confirmed many things that we SHOULD be doing. He did not have a ONE ISSUE focus. He did not rage about how terrible murder was again and again and again. The two times that he did speak of it, he combined it with other issues of equal concern. We may not like it, but that’s what he did – source: Jesus and Abortion (aka Murder). But there were some things that he DID speak about again and again and again and again. One was hypocrisy. Did you ever wonder why Jesus did not mince words when confronted by hypocrites? God must really not like us to say one thing and do another! Thus this point 2 seems directly related to the previous point 1 … if we tell God that we agree with him that HE has the army and the other party is NOT our foe … then, think about it, if we are ACTING like there is only one godly party, are we being hypocrites ourselves? (and, boy, I have to try hard with this myself). Here are just a two of the 40 statements Jesus made about hypocrites:
[Jesus speaking to the leaders:] You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (Matthew 15:7-8 NLT)
[Jesus speaking to the leaders] “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you neglect what is more important in the law — justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You should have done these things without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23 NET)
Yes, this applies directly to what the Republican Presidential candidate is doing. Four years ago the Republican party REFUSED to fill a vacated Supreme Court seat because it was too close to the election … and at that time it was over 37 weeks until the election. They did this because they did not want the Democrats to choose the Supreme Court Justice! Now … right now as I write this … just 5 weeks before the election when people have already begun to cast their ballots (via absentee) the same Republican party wants to fill the new vacant Supreme Court seat QUICKLY. And in the 1st Presidential debate the Republican candidate actually admitted that he was doing this so that the new judge would be there in case there were election issues to be decided! Across newspapers, magazines and websites the Republican party Senators have been called hypocrites, just as Jesus called the leaders in his time hypocrites! (Summary of what each Republican Senator had to say about filling a Supreme Court seat during an election year – PBS Source) So, something extremely biblical is unfolding before our eyes as stated in Judges 17:6 and Judges 21:25 “everyone did whatever seemed right in his own eyes.“ [yeah, this is not godly, but it is Biblical in that Scriptures went out of the way to point out this failing]. And Jesus did not mince words about the leaders of his time either! He called them Hypocrites! Yes, Jesus said, “You hypocrites!” (Matthew 23:27 and Matthew 15:7)
The Washington Post (with six Pulitzer Prize winners) had this September 19, 2020 report: “The last 70 years, a Supreme Court justice was not confirmed in the final year of a president’s term,” preached the future Fox host [Laura Ingraham], then a frequent guest on “Hannity.” She fretted that it “doesn’t matter” to left-leaning partisans. This was lofty-sounding but wrong: To pick just one of many examples to the contrary, the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously confirmed President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of Anthony M. Kennedy in early 1988, an election year.
(3) As Christians we should be living by this.
It should be our walk as we walk the talk. But we should not expect others who are not Christians to be living by OUR rules! We should not be imposing our Christianity upon non-Christians as a point of the LAW of the land (source: United States Constitution First Amendment on the Congress website). Yes, we can hope that through our words and actions (if we are walking the talk) they might see that Christianity is a good thing and might ask us about it. So, maybe that is why Jesus was so riled up over hypocrisy … others around the hypocrites were expecting to see a GODLY person … but were NOT actually seeing a godly person when they were doing whatever seemed right in their own eyes! However, those around these hypocrites often think that is how Christians behave, thus they were giving God a bad name! Scriptures make this perfectly clear when Paul wrote 1 Corithians! Here is the passage that I will end with:
9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 10 In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you. (1Corinthians 5:9-13 NET)
After watching the 1st Presidential debate, I was embarrassed … embarrassed for our country. The Republican candidate was verbally abusive! He abused the moderator. He abused his opponent. He abused US… those he is supposed to protect! Sexually immoral: four years ago a video was released that showed him openly speaking about groping and kissing women without their consent (NPR Access Hollywood 2005 Video Source). Greedy: he loves to brag about his riches, his empire. And he is accused of swindling and cheating. He brags about paying nothing in Federal taxes at the same time as the IRS has been constantly auditing him for years! And now that the New York Times has his tax returns they have confirmed that either he is one of the worst businessmen in the country or he is lying about all the millions of dollars that his companies have lost (which gave him tax deductions dropping his taxes down to $0 zero! In the 1st Presidential debate he called anyone in this country who paid their taxes without using every last loophole STUPID. For years I had a tax accountant do my taxes and my instructions to him were simple … no loopholes and no trying to cut taxes for anything at all questionable. I paid my taxes. I paid six times as much federal tax as the Republican candidate paid in 2016 and 2017 (when he paid just $750 each year – source: New York Times). The Scripture we just read together tells us that if he calls himself a Christian then we ARE to judge him. Not only that … we ARE TO REMOVE HIM FROM AMONG us.
There are many more reasons that a Christian should take pause before voting this year. God is not a Republican nor Democrat. Jesus did not have a one issue focus, but he did get rather upset with hypocrites. And we are to remove from among us anyone who is verbally abusive, sexually immoral, greedy and a swindler. I have tried to be extremely accurate in how I see some of the issues that a Christian would consider. Please let me know if you see flaws in what I wrote.