Christianity and Politics

As the 2012 Elections approach, I find myself asking these questions

Can these topics coexist?
As Christians, what party should we support?
What is the Christian perspective on Politics?
What about the Separation of Church and State?
Etc

And it is my hope that this blog will address these questions because I feel that the answers are very simple. This is not a complex issue. I have discussed these topics with strangers and friends with varying perspectives. I have run into 3 distinct schools of thought that I will call Hot, Lukewarm, and Cold.

Hot

Individuals in the Hot crowd believe that as Christians, we should be completely devoted to political causes. They are convinced that if we get the right people in office, then America will be back on track. (Confession- For many years I was a member of this group)

Lukewarm

Individuals in the Lukewarm crowd take a bit of a hands off approach to politics. They have their beliefs but are not vocal about them. Often times you will hear them say “I believe in Christian values, but I do not believe in forcing my beliefs on someone else.”

Cold

And finally we have the Cold individuals. These individuals are not engaged in Politics and many times don’t even vote in elections. They place little faith in the political system and go about their lives with little concern for the political issues of the day.

At this point I imagine you are thinking about what group you fall into and you may be expecting me to make a case for which one is “right”.

Sorry to disappoint you.. I will not be making an argument for any of the above positions. In fact, I believe they are all wrong.

Here is the reality- America does not have a political problem that can be solved by employing political solutions by politicians.
We have a spiritual problem that can ONLY be solved by Jesus Christ.
We live in a lost and fallen world and the prescription for saving our society is the same today as it was 2,000 years ago: By loving, evangelizing, and discipling one person at a time.

I am not saying to neglect Biblical principles. By all means, vote based on Biblical convictions. But do not believe that our nation will be saved by humans in Washington. 

Remember this- An election is just a moment in time that will have a limited impact. Salvation is a moment in time that has an immeasurable eternal impact.

And if you are serious about the moral fabric of our country, then consider what God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 and act accordingly.


“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
– 2 Chronicles 7:14
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Random Thoughts- 10/21/12

I am back with the latest edition of my Random Thoughts.
Previous edition can be read here

Fall is the best time of the year to be a sports fan.
College Football is in full swing
Major League Baseball season is coming to a close with the playoffs which are always exciting (Go Cardinals!)
Pro Football is off and running as well.
(We also get the added bonus of NHL being delayed until November. I wont miss that sport at all)

With that being said- HOW BOUT THEM GATORS?!

The Gators are off to a surprising 7-0 start.. And if you listen very closely, you can hear the uncomfortable mumblings of rival fans from Tallahassee to Athens. These Gators are for real and rival fans are noticing.

Needless to say I am surprised, but I said this years ago: The University of Florida will win another National Title before FSU.

Mark my words, you heard it here first.

For the last decade, Lance Armstrong was considered to be one of the most dominant athletes of all time. Recently, the various governing bodies of Cycling have stripped him of all of his titles due to evidence and testimony from his former teammates that he cheated.

Now, I am all for purity in competition. May the best man win. But lets take a step back and look at this-
Sponsors and the Governing bodies of Cycling have now eliminated one of the biggest advocates in the fight against cancer. Since 1997, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has raised over $470 million to support cancer survivors and cancer research. Did anyone stop to consider the impact this could have on his foundation?

As a person who has been deeply impacted by cancer, this assault on Lance Armstrong is discouraging.

Nearly $2 Billion will be raised and spent on this election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. As a citizen of the state of Florida, I can honestly say that I am tired of seeing campaign commercials. These men are very different, and I honestly don’t buy into the idea of an “undecided voter”. If you are undecided at this point, then you really haven’t been paying attention.

Its simple really- Decide what your convictions are, see which candidate most closely reflects your convictions, and then vote for that person.

Music Top 10
  1. Nothing But the Blood- Andy Cherry
  2. Redeemed- Big Daddy Weave
  3. You Love Me Anyway- Sidewalk Prophets
  4. Your Love Never Fails- Jesus Culture
  5. Greater than All- Hillsong Live
  6. Endless Light- Hillsong Live
  7. Hope of the World- Hillsong Live
  8. Cornerstone- Hillsong Live
  9. Rise- Shawn McDonald
  10. The Proof of Your Love- for King and Country

And I will end with a quote that has been blowing my mind lately-

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt