Over the years I have changed my views on some things. One of those changes has been my view of the need for Christians to be involved in politics, i.e. voting, campaigning, serving in public office, lobbying, etc. (all of course, as one might be led by God)
Generally, I haven’t been interested in politics. For me, it has always seemed like too much effort was needed to stay current on candidates, their views, their voting records, and their promises for change. It was always easier to just keep doing my job as a pastor, knowing that that was a worthwhile effort. Over the years, I have also been busy as a husband, a father and a short term missionary. I have always felt that I was doing my part in serving humanity through the ministry, and that politics just wasn’t for me. I voted, but stayed more or less happily ignorant of much of what was happening.
I believe that some Christians try to excuse themselves from being conscientious citizens, politically speaking. Let me share some thoughts that some Christians might have for sidestepping their political responsibility.
Regarding The Environment…
It seems as though Christians and Conservatives are cast in the light of those who are out to rape the planet. As a Christian, I certainly hold the needs of humans over those of the animal kingdom, or of the Earth itself. I don’t believe in “Earth First”. As far as creation is concerned, I believe in “people first”.
I also know what the Bible says about Planet Earth, and it’s final outcome.
2 Peter 3:10 tells us…”But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up”.
I wonder if some Christians believe that since the Earth is going to be burned up, why not just use it up? What does it matter anyway? I wonder if the view of some Conservatives and Christians might simply be a knee jerk reaction to those whom we might call “tree-huggers”?
It is clearly wrong to worship the creature or the creation, (Romans 1:20, 21,25) but I think it is also wrong to be environmentally irresponsible. It simply makes sense to try to keep the environment as clean as possible, while keeping all things in perspective. A toxic Earth isn’t good for anyone. I lived in Orange County in the ’60′s, and I remember getting a sore throat and having difficulty breathing on smoggy days. It weren’t no fun.
Genesis 1:26-28 tells us about man’s dominion over the Earth.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Man is to have dominion over the Earth. He is not to worship the Earth. But having dominion does not rule out being environmentally responsible.
While environmentalism isn’t a main concern for me when it comes to politics, it is important and wise for government and the free market to develop alternate energy sources, and to be environmentally responsbile. After all, we live here. Let’s keep it healthy. I think that that has become obvious to most folks.
I’ll share more thoughts soon…