There was a time in my life where I enjoyed politics. I kept up with what was going on in both US and Texas politics. I listened to most of the political talk shows on talk radio, read the newspapers frequently, and typically watched all presidential debates and speeches on television. I had several friends who were also political junkies at work, both conservative and liberal, and I enjoyed debating politics any chance I had.
After committing my life to Christ, that’s now all in the past.
The first year after becoming a Christian I poured myself into the Bible. Especially the New Testament. Within weeks of my salvation I couldn’t stand to listen to my talk shows. They actually made me ill. Suddenly they seemed racist, hateful, self promoting, and in all honesty not very “conservative”. In other words, I couldn’t make the conservative politics of the day align with what I was learning in God’s Word, the Bible.
Nevertheless, to this day I have remained a pretty faithful voter. For quite some time now, although I never was really “for” any candidate, there were certainly candidates I didn’t want in office. I was voting for the “lesser of two evils”.
Reading this article here on the Defending Contending blog, is there really such a thing as the “lesser of two evils”? Is it ever okay for a Christian to yoke themselves to one person over another simply because they only commit 20 sins a day while the other guy commits 100 per day?
In God’s eyes isn’t sin still sin? to put it another way, is a candidate that supports abortion any better than one that lies? Is a candidate that commits adultery any better than one that supports gay marriage? Is any sort of political manipulation acceptable in order to get what you want? Is it ever okay in God’s eyes for a talk show host to mock the body features of a candidate’s wife? Is it okay in God’s eyes for a talk show host to obtain and use illegal prescription drugs while calling a political candidate of being a liar and theif?
I no longer consider myself Republican or Democrat or even any other political labels that are currently being affixed to voters these days. The older I get and the more understanding I have of God’s character as revealed in His Word, the Bible, the more I realize that there isn’t any political candidate that can align themselves with the Word of God and still remain a popular politician. Here’s why:
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18-19, ESV)
No political candidate can be my savior. He can’t be loved and adored by the majority of the population and practice his Christian faith. He can’t have his entire life scrutinized and still be adored by the media…..he would seem to weird.
Several years ago I used to attend a Wednesday evening Bible study at the church I attended. Before the study would start, several of the older people would sit around and talk about what the president was doing and what they had heard on the political talk shows of that day. It amazed me of the endorsements they were giving to politicians who were known unrepentant adulterers, liars, blasphemers, and crooks.
Although they would never admit that they considered these “conservative” politicians their saviors, you could never tell it by how worked up they became during the conversations. Whether they would admit it or not, they talked as if they could vote a certain candidate into office or a get a certain law passed, then everything in America would begin to align itself with godly values. In other words, their candidate would be their savior here on Earth.
So, just how far should a Christian become involved in politics? Take a look at this article link here on CNN regarding the Rev. Franklin Graham’s endorsement of Donald Trump during the upcoming presidential election. You all know Donald Trump, the purveyor of soft core porn, gambling, lust, greed and all the thing any good Christian should seek in a candidate.
Take a look at this article here also on Fox news about Donald Trump’s latest business venture in Atlantic City. I’ll post a little excerpt below to whet your whistle:
New Jersey’s casino regulations prohibit nudity and real or simulated sex acts in the gambling halls. To comply with that, Scores would have to partially cover its dancers in pasties and G-strings, unlike their totally nude counterparts in New York City, if it were to get approval to open inside the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. Their application has been pending for nearly a year, with no timetable set for a decision from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.
So what business does any Christian ever have in supporting a person like Donald Trump? Is it really better to hate a president who supports abortion and gay marriage all the while we’re supporting a man who wants live sex shows in his casino? Or how ridiculous is it to support a Mormon man who believes Jesus (who is actually Michael the archangel) was the brother of Satan and they were conceived out of a sexual relationship “god” had on another planet? It it okay to support a guy like this simply because many of his moral values align with my Christian values?
I don’t know exactly what the answer is in regards to how far a Christian should engage themselves in politics. I’m still feeling out those boundaries myself. I do know, however, what God’s Word, the Bible, says on how I should conduct myself in regards to the world. I know I am not to be unequally yoked to the world or its people because we’re merely sojourners here. This earth is not our home. So, are we to be so emotionally involved with something that doesn’t belong to us anyway?
Are we really capable of choosing the “lesser of two evils” wisely?