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Political activism can distract us from the Christian mission

Niccolo Machiavelli said, “Politics have no relation to morals.” Sadly, this is sometimes true of those who passionately follow politics. Losing our focus on spiritual principles, we live in an adversarial world of anger and myth.

Our passion becomes our overriding force and everything is filtered through it. Seeing the world through political lenses rather than the spiritual can distort our understanding of God’s word and endanger us spiritually.

God calls us to transformation (Romans 12:1-2) so we must remain laser focused (Ephesians 4:1). Empowered by peace (Philippians 4:7) and love (1 John 4), the work of the Lord becomes foremost in our minds (Matthew 6:33). Spreading the gospel becomes our mission (Matthew 28:18-20).

The status of the church takes precedence over the condition of the country. The Bible reigns supreme over the constitution. Truth is derived solely from Scripture rather than a political platform (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God wants us to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29, NKJV). Therefore, there will be policies of the government that will hurt the nation’s moral status and hinder the work of the Lord. Opposition to these positions is axiomatic and voting as a Christian is expected.

However, we must rigidly hold to our mission as God’s people.

If Jesus, the apostles and early Christians had been characterized by political protest the infant church might have ceased to exist. But being singularly minded on reaching souls, they persevered through persecutions.

Christianity is always focused on heaven (Philippians 3:20) rather than current events. The ways of men will come and go but the gospel is timeless. Political doctrines erode but the Word of God is eternal (Psalm 119:89).

Governmental authority comes from God (Romans 13:1-5). Individual political leaders are responsible before the Lord. We’re called to respect and obey the laws of the land unless they violate God’s will. We’re even to honor the king or president (1 Peter 2:17).

Paul and Peter’s exhortations assume deeper meaning when we remember their backdrop was Nero and the Roman government. His insanity and the barbarism of his government is exceedingly greater than any President who ever ruled in the United States. History teaches perspective.

As people we will have hobbies and interests outside of our faith like music, sports, hunting, etc. Those are part of the human experience and leisure is indispensable. However, none of them must be allowed to dethrone Christ as the king of our lives.

World peace will come through Christ rather than the ballot box so let’s teach what really matters.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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