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THE CHRISTIAN AND POLITICS

Updated on May 7, 2009

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THE CHRISTIAN AND POLITICS



The book of Daniel gives us a sort of first glimpse of a human government established and ruled by God. Daniel 4:17, NIV says, "The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men".

King Nebuchadnezzar was told that his kingdom would be restored when he 'acknowledge that Heaven rules'. Daniel 4:26.

Some of us Christians are under the impression that it is our responsibility to choose, who we think, are righteous representatives. Wrong! We don't know who is righteous and who is not. That is why Jesus told us to let the tares and the wheat grow together. They look amazingly alike while they are young, and sometimes an evil ruler comes to power. A ruler who has the authority to do the right thing, but does not.

Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin". John 19:11 NIV

In the first century, the Jews used the Roman Government to accomplish their goal. In the twenty first century, we Christians threaten to do the same. Though, we could never crucify Him again. That was a one time event. But we do hand Him over to Godless men. We let others, who don’t even know Him, tell us who He is, what He said and, what it all mean. We’ve turned Him over to the merchants, who deck their stores and establishments with holiday pomp and pageantry. We gave Him to the religious folk who sell Him with high rise oratory and emotional roller coaster rides. We have also given Him to the politicians to drape themselves in a red, white and, blue Jesus.

My brothers and Sisters and Friends, I urge you to examine yourself. Make sure you are not one of those who turn Him, Jesus, over to others and not know Him for yourself.











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    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Lilian for visiting my hub, and for your gracious comment.

      God Bless You

    • Lilian Schaler profile image

      Lilian Schaler 

      9 years ago

      Kudos to you!!!

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      I noticed that and immediately recognized it as a typo. We all occassionally make typos. Although, it probably was a good idea to clear it up for others :)).

      God Bless

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      Aaron Rushing 

      9 years ago from USA- Florida

      Wehzo LOL! I just saw a spelling error in my comment. "Your point about turning Jesus over to accomplish our political goals is a "GOD" one." LOL I meant "Is a "GOOD" one!" How embarrassing LOL ROFL

      God Bless

      ABR

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you Abrushing1968 for visiting and adding your contribution to this hub. Your reference to 1 Thessalonians 4:11 is a very good point.

      God Bless You

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      Aaron Rushing 

      9 years ago from USA- Florida

      Wehzo

      Your right, at times it is hard to know who is a tear and who is the wheat. But the moment it becomes obvious, I intend to vote for the grain of wheat.

      I do not have a problem voting my conscience.

      Your point about turning Jesus over to accomplish our political goals is a God one. My walk with Jesus is not a national walk but a personal walk. My "agenda" is to know him better. To live what I believe, and to lead a quiet life according to God's Word

      1 Thessalonians 4:11

      that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,

      In Christ

      ABR

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you sschilke for your comments and participation to this hub.

      Thank you too, tonymac04 and einron for your comments as well.

      Happy New year to you all.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you goldentoad for your gracious comments. I appreciate them.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Thank you goldentoad for your gracious comments. I appreciate them.

    • Wehzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Nathaniel Stalling Jr 

      9 years ago from Detroit, MI

      Happy New Year Everyone,

      Thank you Froggy213, I do my best to speak truth as I see it; and thank you too SirDent I appreciate your contribution.

      Christinekv, you are always quite observant. Yes, I am a bit unnerved with how we use religion, and Jesus Christ in particular, as a marketing and political tool.

      G-Ma Johnson thank you for weighing in on this hub, and I am not at all offended if it appear you are taking over.:) You can add your 2 cents anytime.

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      einron 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      Wehzo,

      If we know that the person who we are voting for is really anti Christ, we should not in conscience vote for him. We should not vote for same sex marriage and abortion for the Bible says both are against the law and commandments of God.

      However, once we have voiced our opinions, we should just pray and let God do His will. No use harping. The majority wins the race and we have to accept the verdict. The outcome will be decided by God.

      God bless.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      goldentoad...I was commenting to your comment hun...and even tho you say you aren't a 'Christian' you sound like one... in a good way..."Into the hearts of men" is what it is all about...You sound like a fine person to me...seems we are taking over Wehzo"s hub LOL:O) G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for the Hub. Many confuse religion and politics and try to ram one down one's throat in the name of the other. Not a good idea. And yet our faith should always inform our choices, if we are open about that faith and not trying to convert others, just to live out our faith in the best way we can see.

      Love and peace,

      Tony

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      sschilke 

      9 years ago

      Wehzo,

      I don't see it as choosing who is righteous, but rather who best can represent my views. This means that I must try my best to analyze both the politician's ideas and his/her character. If I vote I must judge one one level or another.

      Thanks for the hub.

      sschilke

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      goldentoad 

      9 years ago from Free and running....

      G-Ma, luv ya, wasn't commenting to your remarks, just to the Hub. I actually agree with the hub, I think if I was a "Christian" I would realize the more I bring up Jesus in politcs, I would be doing more harm than good for the image of Jesus. People are turning away from Jesus because he's being used as a political tool. I think its a good time he move back into the hearts of men rather than the mouth of politicians.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yes we all do...and is their job to do just that...but WE can still Pray for their guidance...Is not my hub but just added my 2 cents goldentoad...Happy New Year....G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

    • goldentoad profile image

      goldentoad 

      9 years ago from Free and running....

      I think God and Politics is a bad mix. I want solutions from my government, not prayers.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile image

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      so true my dear Man  and i think most of us are guilty without knowing it...We are spoiled and want things quick and easily...To run a nation is a big job and needs trustful , honest people to do it.  God fearing, loving , caring people...I just Pray everyday that this will one day be  just a memory that the human race learned from and became closer to God once again...Thanks for a great hub...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace

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      christinekv 

      9 years ago

      Hi Nate -

      Some great points you make and a very thought provoking hub. I sense a little indignation in what you share and I understand it and at least in part, do agree with you. People we don't know personally, we can't really discern whether or not they are "righteous" or truly commited and walking with God, and even when we think sometimes we know someone, they can surprise us unpleasantly.

      We can howeer determine who acts unrighteously when people take stands which are evidently in contrast to God's will for mankind (such as same sex marriage and abortion). These two issues alone were reason for me to cast my vote for the candidates who didn't win the election. In addition to what I saw and heard from her, I am acquainted with someone who knows Sarah Palin personally and I believe she truly is a Godly woman.

      God is indeed in control however and we just have to trust Him in all circumstances. There is a kingdom economy some are a part of, which supercedes any other. Not that the economy is the only thing to be concerned about. I do know HIM and hope in this New Year, I will know and serve HIM even better - it is my desire to participate in exhalting Him and seeing others healed, delievered and experiencing w/ Him, a relationship of their own.

      I will indeed be supporting President Obama by praying for him. It's a tough job and I do hope our politicians will become united rather than remaining divided (by party lines and differing opinions on difficult issues), that they will work together with respect and humility. Even if people aren't in a relationship with HIM, if they practice Biblical principles, they do succeed.

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      SirDent 

      9 years ago

      Very well written and explained. A person should pray and ask God for guidance and stop worrying about who they think might be right or not.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      9 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Good hub Wehzo! You speak the Truth my brother!

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