What Christian Politics Really Looks Like: A Controversial Commitment
What Would Jesus Do?
Don't like your president? Or your congressman? Your government? You don't have to. Even if you don't like them, read on.
What would Jesus do? This is the question that Christians ask themselves, time and time again. Our core belief, and our reason for being, starts with one word and one person-Jesus. We strive to be like Him, in order do the right thing, so that we end up in Heaven, so we glorify His name, because He loves us, and in order to guide non-Christian people to follow Jesus just like we do.
But how should we treat our president, our government, and our police officers--all of our official authorities--even if we don't agree with what they say or do? The answer lies in how Jesus would want us to treat people and authorities.
Love One Another, Says Jesus
Jesus commanded us to love people, no matter what. We are even supposed to love our enemies. Is your president your enemy? Are your government officials and local law enforcement your enemies? If you answered, "yes" to any of those questions, then you are commanded to love them, and by an almighty God.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength...Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:29
"...love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:44-45
It is interesting sometimes, when we dig into the Bible and read it more carefully, how much we find that is contrary to the way in which most people live. You need to love your president, your law enforcement, and all of your government officials, and pray for them daily, regardless of whether you think they are the best people in the world, or your enemies.
Do You Agree with Jesus?
Do you agree with the idea that we should love our enemies?
The Bible on Authority
Christians believe that the Bible is the word of God. In other words, the Bible is filled with the words that Jesus has given us to follow. We need to do what it says. When we don't do what it says, we can face terrible punishment when we die, and end up in Hell. That is how serious the Bible is.
Here is what the Bible says about authority,
"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." Romans 13:1.
We need to do what our president says, and we need to do what our government's laws say. To submit to someone, means to put yourself underneath them, and obey them.
Our current president and our officials of government and the law, were meant to be in the positions they are now, because God put them there. But how could God want the president that you have now, to be president? How could he want certain people in positions of power? How could God want certain laws to pass and others to fail?
The answer lies in God's sovereignty. Here is what the Bible says about God's sovereignty:
"All the peoples of the Earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of Heaven and the people of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: 'What have you done?' " Daniel 4:35.
Anything that God wants to happen, He will make happen. Like a king on his throne, he can command something, and that thing will come to pass, whether we like it or not. We don't always know why God would want certain things to come to pass, but He is God and the ruler of this earth. He is our King, the ruler of our lives.
Submission vs. Rebellion
following all laws
refusing to pay taxes
acknowledging authority of officials
denying the authority of officials
showing respect to government
spreading hate speech
Love, Don't Hate
It is alright to disagree with policies and people in the government, as long as we remember our Christian values. Love, don't hate, and submit to officials and the government. As far as current events goes, we should express our opinion, but do so in a loving manner, and not with hate speech.