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.
- Vote on Election Day.
- Research candidates’ political platforms and leadership track records; vote according to the Bible’s guidelines.
- 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.