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?
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.
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)
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.”
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.