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AbideinHim
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 What Does the Bible Say About Christians and Politics?

What Does the Bible Say about Christians and Politics (part 3)
By Dutch Sheets

When God said to me, “I am going to teach you about government, because I AM government,” it was quite a shock. Like many people, I had a great distaste for politics and government. He then quoted Isaiah 33:22 to me, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.”

Notice, the verse Holy Spirit quoted to me - Isaiah 33:22 - does not say God “endorses” laws, judges, and kings (i.e. government); it says He IS these things. Since God is our Lawgiver, Judge and King, these things, in and of themselves, cannot be bad. And most people are surprised to find out America’s three branches of government are based on this verse in Isaiah: The Legislative Branch (Congress), the Judicial Branch (Supreme Court), and the Executive Branch (Presidency). Our government is patterned after heaven’s!

When truly thought through, it isn’t the concept of government that many of us dislike. We have government in our homes, businesses, churches - almost everywhere. The noun, “government” is defined as, “direction; control; management; rule.” The verb form, “govern,” means “to rule over by right of authority; to exercise a directing or restraining influence over; to guide; to have predominating influence.” As can be easily seen by these definitions, the concept of government is essential and created by God. To be without it is to have anarchy and, ultimately, untethered rebellion.

What most of us dislike about government is actually the defilement and perversion of the function released through people and systems. This dislike is understandable. Although God is governmental; He is NOT, however, political. And He disdains a political spirit, the spirit that crucified Jesus! A political spirit seeks to gain control of people and promote its own agenda through fear, manipulation, deception, corruption, craftiness, and unscrupulous activities. God hates these things and so should we.

If we could get all Christians to differentiate between government (the function), politics (the process of attaining government), and a political spirit (the perversion of the process for gain and control) it would change America. The church would have no qualms about becoming involved in government, and no hesitation in talking about it in our gatherings and circles. We would understand that we can promote righteous government without promoting political parties or being political in our services.

God certainly is not a Republican or Democrat, and we should never blindly support a candidate or cause just because of party affiliation. He does, however, care who rules. “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn,” (Proverbs 29:2; KJV). The Passion Translation of this verse says, “Everyone rejoices when the lovers of God flourish, but the people groan when the wicked rise to power.” To stay out of government simply because some of it is bad, is as foolish as not governing our homes simply because some parents abuse and control their children.

Since God does care who rules as His Word clearly states, how can it possibly be wrong for the church to influence the process? How can it possibly be inappropriate for the body of Christ to try and promote righteous individuals for positions of authority? How could it possibly be wrong to encourage church members to support righteous leaders and causes? How can we truly be salt and light without doing this? And how could it possibly be inappropriate to pray about these things when we gather as the church? To neglect these things is to fall prey to one of the greatest deceptions satan has ever visited on the church.

Kermit Bridges of Southwestern A.G. University says:

“In commanding us to be “salt” and “light” in the world, Jesus is encouraging us to influence our culture rather than isolate ourselves from our culture. Some well-intentioned believers feel any efforts to exert pressure on the behavior of non-Christians is wrong.

“Anything beyond evangelism is off-limits. As a result, Christians should definitely not engage in politics. This thinking is characterized by the false assumption: ‘I personally believe in such and such, but I can’t impose my morality on others.’

“Every time a legislature enacts legislation, it is always an imposition of morality.

“Laws against thievery impose the morality of the honest over the dishonest. Laws against prostitution impose a sexual morality. Declaring anything legal or illegal is a statement of morality. Legislation is built upon morality, and morality is built upon religion.

“Founding Father, John Adams, our second president, declared:

“‘[Our government is not] ‘capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’

“Even our most irreligious Founding Fathers, Franklin and Jefferson, championed the need for a virtuous and moral people influenced by faith.” (1)

“Listen to the counsel of the late Chuck Colson:

“‘The popular notion that “you can’t legislate morality” is a myth. Morality is legislated every day from the vantage point of one value system being chosen over another. The question is not whether we will legislate morality, but whose morality gets legislated..”(2)

David Clossom of the Family Research Council explains that believers must involve themselves in the process of government as a matter of responsibility and stewardship:

“Because power resides with the people in our republic, when Christians vote, they are delegating their ruling authority to others. In other words, by voting, Christians are entrusting their ‘sword-bearing’ responsibility to officials who will govern on their behalf. Seen from this perspective, voting is a matter of stewardship; failure to vote is a failure to exercise God-given authority.”(3)

Closson goes on to say we demonstrate our Christian love for others by doing so:

“Further, given the United States’ far-reaching influence in the world, how can American Christians love the people of the nations well without having a vested interest in how our government approaches the issue of religious liberty and human rights worldwide? Will America’s ambassadors be stalwart defenders of religious freedom overseas? Christians who support missionaries should care about the state of international religious freedom, an area of advocacy in which the U.S. exerts significant influence. Will abortion, under the euphemism of ‘family planning,’ be funded overseas by American taxpayers, or will U.S. foreign policy value the life of the unborn? Again, American believers, by exercising their right to vote, have a direct say in these matters.

“In light of these considerations, pastors should exhort their members to be involved in the political process and to vote. But voting is not enough. Pastors should also help educate and equip their members to think Biblically about moral issues, candidates, and party platforms.”(4)

If we the church, are to become the voice God intends us to be, we need to shift our paradigms regarding government. We must see it as a God-created function, and accept our God-given calling to extend His influence through it.

Pray with me:

Father, Your Word tells us that when we are ignorant of the way satan thinks and operates, it enables him to take advantage of us (2 Corinthians 2:11). He is a master deceiver. But Your Word also tells us we have the mind of Christ. We ask for this to manifest in us through the spirit of revelation. We desperately need it in this season. Show us Your ways regarding transforming nations. Awaken us to our responsibilities and privileges as citizens of a free nation. Break off of the church the hesitancy to involve herself in government activities and influence.

We ask You to remove ungodly and anti-Christian leaders from positions of government in our nation. Give us a president who is honest and will honor You and Your Word. Give us legislators who will do the same. And give us judges who respect our Constitution, and who fear and honor You more than anything else. We ask You to continue to shake things in our nation until the strongholds of humanism, secularism, and socialism are broken off of us.

We ask You for the awakening to increase and multiply. We ask for revival in our schools, millions of young people coming to You. We ask for those who allow the evils of human trafficking and drugs being brought into our nation at the border to be removed. This is evil - we ask You to stop it. We ask You to break the back of Roe versus Wade. We need an overhaul, please give us this transformative revival, and please do so quickly. We ask You for all of these things in the mighty name of Jesus, our great and merciful Savior. Amen.

Our decree:

We decree that the church will no longer be paralyzed by a fear of operating in a political spirit. The Ekklesia will arise and become the salt and light we are called to be.

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Mike

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 Re: What Does the Bible Say About Christians and Politics?

AbideinHim ,

There are many sincere statements here. And only if the church really did such things would be great. However, in speaking about reality, the church does not act this appropriately. Politics and political leaders have now become the modern day idols in Christian churches. This deals not with logic, but more with the spiritual condition. There is something wrong when all believers talk about is a specific political leader and less about salvation. The passion was no longer Jesus Christ, the passion became a political party and this certain man. This is heart breaking.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. One comes to church, thirsty for God and his righteousness and all they get a political agenda message. There is something wrong with that. A person does not need a political message from the pulpit as is common now all over the U.S., but what they need is Jesus. This is why there was a huge decline in church attendance through the U.S, especially young people because they see the falsehood in it all. This is the reality of things right now. Two churches down the street from my area, had high ranking member of the last governing party over and did an interview with him about how they are angry and will use any means necessary to get conservative values. No mention about opens up bibles and reading of the scriptures. It was all talk about political agenda. This is true and this is reality. This is not what Jesus wants. Now we have believers in American fully deceived by Satan through political leaders, walking around mad and angry.
The bible tells us the if you are angry with your brother, is subject to judgment, and this is in the context of murder. Matthew 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.


There is a reason why govern sit on Jesus's shoulders as mentioned in Isiah. First is God, then everything else, But today, government is first and God last.


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 2022/4/28 11:29Profile
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 Re: What Does the Bible Say About Christians and Politics?

I 100% agree with Dutch now, 20 years ago I would have disagreed. The fact is we all enjoying the remanence of the freedom of religion and civil liberties that were retained through the great awakenings and through the population that was enlightened by the Holy spirit. These men and women pushed their ideas into the political mountain so to speak, and into the media and education sector, into the very consciousness and fabric of the American people and many people in the West in general. The principalities and powers that were involved in ruling England and the Colonial America were wounded severely through the Great awakening from gospel preaching and the results of conversion and enlightened minds that affected every sphere or society. The power of government control over religion was broken and liberty and freedom sprang forth out of that and without the First second great awakening we technically would be living still in the Dark ages where the principalities and demonic powers would be so in control of the government and religion that the conversions and the gospel and the light of the holy spirit would be nearly completely put out. The fact is revival and awakening go hand-in-hand with political change and politics. History clearly shows the effect that it had. Being the salt and the light of the Earth doesn't mean keeping our light under a church basket which is what many Christians think we should do. We should affect every area of society and many of us should stay in the same calling to effect that expression of society with the power of the Holy spirit and the presence of a undefiled conscience. Even the apostle Paul had converts that were in politics one was the treasurer of a major city. Even Jonathan Edwards and many of the old time revivalists had that theology in mind and it was common to let your light shine everywhere to make education a better place to make politics a better place to make religion a better place when the Holy spirit moves in great revival it clearly affects every sphere of society. We're not meant to give up all those sphears to the devil and allow him to have free rein on the earth it's the opposite because of the blood of Jesus Christ we have been given power over the devil and that means everywhere he steps his foot we can in reality crush his head until the time of the end when the Antichrist is given reigns for a short period of time in the same way the Antichrist spirit was given reigns over Jesus Christ only for a short time at the end of his ministry. We can't cover up the fact that most of the good policies that ever come in the political arena has its roots in the freedom of liberty, freedom of conscience which comes through those great awakening and comes through the scriptures. When the scripture was hidden and chained up behind the pulpit and the evil principalities that ruled the churches in the Dark ages had control of the word of God and revival was snuffed out and the spirit of God was grieved there was nothing but tyranny sickness and poverty that is the result of not allowing the Holy spirit to move where he wants to. We are still living in the age where deep darkness did according to the old prophet cover the Earth but the light of the glory of god is rising and shining upon this world and his people and the glory of the knowledge of the lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. This is the age of revival Martin Luther started it off John Wesley, George Whitfield and the others produced the birth of the last revivals, and they're not going to get smaller yet. Whatever can be shaken is being shaken but there's going to be a great move of the holy spirit and the bride of Christ is going to rise in the glory of her husband the glory of the king shall shine upon the church and many in the dark will see the light in this last day.

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