O.K., I’ll try it some more…(green queasy feeling)
Some reasons why I haven’t (in the past) or Christians (presently) don’t get involved in politics.
1. Most, if not all politicians are corrupt. Also, no candidate completely embraces my worldview. There is no one I can fully support, so I’m not voting or campaigning for anyone.
2. Jesus said that His Kingdom was not of this world, (John 18:36) therefore, Christians ought only be about the work of the kingdom of God.
3. Winning souls and Christian service is more important than trying to change a culture through political efforts.
4. It is too difficult to understand the issues and the candidates.
5. It takes too much time to learn about all the issues and the candidates.
6. Democracy is an imperfect governmental style. Rule by the people’s choice will never work. We’ll just wait for the Millennial Reign of Christ.
7. It’s useless to try to change things. The Bible says that things are only going to get worse. Why try to fight it?
8. I don’t care what happens.
Before I offer up some answers to these generalized statements, let me say this: I have felt all these things and more.
As I pastor, I get concerned about stepping over a real or imaginary line and getting in trouble with the government, the media, or John Q. Public.
I know that the Gospel correctly preached will offend some. That’s to be expected. I know that the Gospel will offend, but at least I know the solid truth of the Gospel. I can’t always know that there is a solid truth behind much of politics.
Add to that fact that as a pastor, I know my primary calling is “church stuff”, not Town Hall meetings, political discussions, or trying to learn how to navigate waters that seem filled with sharks, guppies, and everything in between.
Add to that the fact that talking politics is like trying to hit a moving target.
Add to that the fact that if I get involved in politics, some people will automatically write me off as a card carrying NRA member who is happy to club baby seals, eat spotted owls and drive a gas guzzling over sized SUV.
Add to that the fact that I can’t keep up with church stuff, missions stuff, me and Debbie (wife) stuff, my friends, my kids, oil changes, lawn mowing, working out, learning Spanish, and more…
If I feel these things, lots of other Christians must feel the same way. We are all cast in the same mold. It is easy to find a multitude of reasons to “let them do their thing, and I’ll do mine”.
Though there seem to be many legitimate reasons to do nothing more than vote, I find that I am doing more. Not much more, but definitely more. I’ll respond to these “reasons” on the next post.
For now, perhaps you, the readers, can share more reasons, legitimate or not, about why some Christians might want to avoid politcs.