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Politics and Religion
Have you ever heard it said, Two things you never discuss are politics and religion? It’s because it causes people to get passionate, angry, and upset. So, let’s just not talk about them. The problem is: these two things literally govern a society.
The word “politics” comes from the Greek words “politika polis,” meaning affairs of the city — a citizen (politician) who has responsibilities to a city. It can also mean the act of living together in a city, state, country, or community. So, we should discuss these things. We are in a very political season. The president of the United States; house seats, both state and federal; and senate seats, both state and federal will all be decided this year — the future fate of our state and the future state of our country. So, I believe we must be involved by praying and voting.
Some will say, None of the candidates has or possesses my values, so I’m going to sit this one out. I don’t believe God ever intended His people to sit anything out. I believe one way we can decide is to base it on the issues. We have the issues of the family, abortion, the rights of the unborn, economy. So, I think this could be a way for all of us to engage. But to do nothing doesn’t help shape policy.
We can influence policy and policy makers — from federal judges to supreme court nominees. These people have an impact on all of our lives. Here’s one more way to look at it: which candidate will allow us to live out our faith and not come against us or pass laws that limit our freedom of worship and expression? Maybe that will help us all to register and pray and vote. We can influence policy if we are willing to do our part.
I don’t believe God would say He sits out (Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority, except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God — Romans 13:1), then ask us to sit out and do nothing.
Just a thought,
Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 6:07 AM MDT
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