Faith and Our Political Influence

Christians have a responsibility to put men or women of the Bible in office. That’s not just my words; that’s a statement backed by the Bible and many of our founding fathers including John Jay, our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He once said:

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

The Judeo-Christian ethic our nation was founded upon is the only thing that has made our democracy work and kept it from being corrupted for as long as it has been.  As John Jay and many other founding fathers knew, the only way to ensure America’s success continues is to be certain we have a government that respects that principle and develops laws accordingly.

Laws are drafted on the basis of what government believes is right and wrong. If we as Christians don’t do something to influence the government’s direction—especially as it regards bringing laws into effect—then we have abrogated our responsibility, not only as Christians but as American citizens.

I believe Christians must do three things to influence our nation’s political process.

  1. Vote on Election Day.
  2. Research candidates’ political platforms and leadership track records; vote according to the Bible’s guidelines.
  3. Influence others by speaking up about the Bible way to vote.

What are we supposed to be doing? We are called the light of the world, the salt of the earth. We are supposed to be the greatest influencers operating in the world today. That’s what we are all about. If your Christianity is nothing but showing up in church every other Sunday and saying a few hallelujahs, then that’s why it’s not working for you. You are to be an influencer. You are to be aggressive in establishing principled approaches to government. You are to be a shaper of the government because it is the government that shapes laws that constrain American behavior based on what they perceive to be right or wrong….

With all this in mind, how are we supposed to know who to vote for come Election Day?

God has given us some keys to follow that we’ll look at over the next few weeks. The first one we’ll address is the primary challenge the Lord showed me that is currently facing America. It’s not our economy, the growing debt, nor the international threat of Iran. The mortal threat to America is the polarity and divide that is occurring in the American public.

  • “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” (Matthew 12:25)
  • “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)
  • “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.” (1 Corinthians 1:10-11)

Everything of great significance God is able to do is the result of people being in one accord. Over and over again, scripture admonishes us to come to a place of agreement if we want to accomplish anything. The word agreement does not mean we can all somehow expect to share the same opinion. It’s possible to have different opinions, yet still walk in concord and harmony. That’s where the greatest strength is to be found.

Now a leader learns leadership skills—how to communicate, how to resolve conflict, how to bring consensus, etc.—but there’s an identifiable anointing from God on the leaders He puts in office. This anointing is characterized by the ability to bring unity and consensus to those being led, no matter the circumstances surrounding them. (I’m not saying the leader has to be a Christian, although that would be ideal. God has used secular rulers in the past.)

This anointing to unify can be seen throughout the Word and history. Just take a look at the unity brought by some of our past Presidents.

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt was able to mobilize American sentiment and bring America together with a cohesiveness that produced the greatest military and industrial complex the world has ever seen.
  • President Kennedy brought people together in such a way that we put a man on the moon within ten years, a technological feat that has still never been matched.
  • President Reagan rebuilt a weak military, generated an influence that was global in nature, and contributed much to the crumbling of the Iron Curtain and the end of the Cold War.
  • President Clinton didn’t have either house of Congress, yet he managed to bring cohesion of effort that initiated legislation and a balanced budget.

When you are considering which candidate to vote for, look at a candidate’s past leadership positions. Are they earmarked be unity and consensus? They need to be, for the Bible says we are to measure a man and the legitimacy of his leadership by his fruit—and it is only from a position of unity that America can rise to be the influence throughout the world that God has called it to be.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

6 responses to “Faith and Our Political Influence”

  1. Shawnte' Numekevor says :

    Good morning Pastor Mac,

    I wanted to leave a comment in regards to the current series you began preaching last Sunday. I strongly feel that as a church our primary focus should be winning souls for the Kingdom of God and not influencing our members toward a political party.
    We have many guest that come to our church services for the first time that are struggling with faith beliefs, troubled marriages, rebellion kids, dying relatives, and drug and alcohol use; politics is the last thing on these people minds.
    This type of sermon should not be a main series that is preached from the pulpit during our worship services. It should be an informational seminar that members and guest have an option to attend.
    The house of God should be a place of worship and prayer, where God’s spirit dwells, teaching your congregation the correct way to live will give them the opportunity to select the correct people according to their faith, morals, and personal understanding of that political party. If a canidate doesn’t stand for what is morally complaint to what we stand and believe in then that candidate won’t be voted for during the election.
    Finally, I am asking you to please consider my opinion on this issue. Look at it from a person that has never came to church before but God is pulling on their heart to draw closer to him. This person is struggling with ending his life because everything around him seems not to be working, the world is all bad and messed up, his family has fallen apart, and he has no hope let. He’s driving down 169 and sees our new beautiful sign and something tugs at him to get off and attend our service as his last hope. Now rewind and recap you sermon from last week. To walk into a service to hear the man of God tell the congregation to turn their bibles to Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked man rules, the people groan.” Then ask the congregation “have we been rejoicing over the past years?” I feel that you were out of line as a man of God! Not only did you just call YOUR President a wicked man, you also implied that your congregation has suffered from it.
    If this person had heard this and was on his last hope he would think everything is all wrong…even the church is not happy. If the church is not happy then how can I find happiness!

    Pastor, I respect you for the position you hold and what God has appointed you and your family to do, however I am not pleased with this series and my family, friends, and church family we sit around will not be attending church until your series is complete.

    Thanks for listening to understand my thoughts.
    Shawnte’ Numekevor

  2. Terri D. Jackson says :

    Pastor Mac your service last Sunday left a lot of people baffle. You are losing some of your congregation mixing politics and church. Politics NEEDS to stay out out of the Church. The comment you made about President Obama was unnecessary. I have been going to LWCC since 1991. I was there when Michelle Bachman spoke at the church, also when you made the annoucement you and Pastor Lynn were her spiritual advsior, as she was a canidate for president. Pastor Mac, I love you dearly, and I love Living Word Church, I don’t always agree with what President Obama says or does, I do believe he wants to help all people not just the poor, BUT ALL. Mr. Romney only wants to help the RICH, and CONTINUE to HELP, where in the BIBLE do you see where JESUS only helps certain people. SHOW ME.

    • Sarah Shackleton says :

      With all due respect… Go see “Obama’s 2016”. Then tell me how Obama is going to help the poor. He will help alright, he will help this nation right into Bankruptcy. That helps neither the Rich or the POOR.

      God’s instruction is for us to put rulers in place that HONOR HIM… then, and only then will we life a peaceable life.!!!

      1 Tim 2:1-3 ..pray For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

      2 Sam 23.3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

      • Shawnte Numekevor says :

        This is the very reason why politics isn’t needed on the pulpit, it causes members to forget the true meaning of Christianity. Please let us focus on teaching more people about God’s word and less focus on who is in office. The Presidential seat changes every 4 yeats, however God’s word remains the same. The more people we teach how to live a Christ lifestyle the less we have to conflict and influence who to put in office. God is Almighty and EVERYTHING works for those that love him!
        As far as President Obama helping only the rich or putting this country in the poor house, isn’t our concern, just as Pastor Mac preached before we are not if this world and NOTHING in the natural has an effect on God’s people. We are the salt of the earth, and we are the examples for the world. My God’s power is mighty and No person in or out of office can control what God has stored up for his children.

  3. Diane Brown says :

    The song “put God in America again by Carmann says it all, it should be all Christians battle cry
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  4. machammondblog says :

    Shawnte’ and Terri – Thank you so much for your honesty and feedback. This subject is something that has been stirring in me for quite some time and it is my responsibility as a pastor to communicate it to my church. I am not endeavoring to persuade one political party over another, only to emphasize the importance and influence that the church has during any political season.

    I would encourage any Christian to educate themselves on the candidates and view their practices and policies through the lens of the Bible. America was founded on biblical principles and that is the sole reason for our success as a nation. It is our civil responsibility to put people in offices of government that hold closest to these standards and my responsibility as a pastor to communicate to the church the importance of this matter.

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