Before I get into this, lemme make something plain: I love politics. I’ve been interested in politics since I can remember being able to remember.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Despite the thorough manner in which we’ve seen Christ’s creation of politics corrupted, contorted, and perverted into the slimy, steaming pile of filth that it tends to be at its best these days in America, there is nothing inherently evil about politics.
Jesus Christ, the reigning King of creation (see: Matthew 28:18-20) is the One who created the political realm, owns the political realm, defines the political realm, holds the Political Office above all other political offices, and has commanded and equipped His people to reconcile the political realm (and all others) to Himself by the power of His work on the cross and the Gospel-fueled Great Commission. (See: The True Gospel Conquers Everything; The Modern American “Gospel”…Not So Much.)
That’s how we need to understand politics.
That’s what politics are here in the real “real world” – a world that Christ created, owns, sustains, defines, and calls His people by His grace through His Spirit to subject entirely to His will (see: 2 Corinthians 10:5).
This true understanding of politics is what every Pagan or paganized “leader”, “expert”, media tool, and disciple in America aims to distract us from. The true nature and purpose of politics is what every aspect of the manufactured, controlled, and contrived Pagan Right/Left Wing political paradigm is aimed at obscuring and dismissing en route to further establishing an anti-Christ approach to politics. And since politics touches everything, anti-Christ politics leads to anti-Christ everything.
For verification of this principle, just look around the American cultural landscape (a landscape significantly shaped by “conservative Christian” Republicans).
It is in this context and in the wake of last night’s installment of The American Political Puppet Show (the GOP “debate”) that I thought it might help to consider some questions as we wrestle as Christians with the political realm here and now in America.
I’m not aiming to present answers to the questions here in this post. I’d just like to encourage each of us to consider them, pray over them, and seek the will of the Lord as revealed in His Word as it relates to them.
That said, here we go…
What if we as Christians spent our political energy seriously and clearly glorifying God above man?
What if Christian political action boldly and clearly reflected what Scripture thematically proclaims is an essential “fear of the LORD”?
What if Christian political action boldly and clearly rejected what Scripture thematically condemns as the life- and culture-destroying “fear of the world” and “fear of man”?
What if Christians actually believed that the primary purpose of politics – as with everything else – is to glorify God? (And by “glorify God”, we mean here the glorification of God on His terms as clearly revealed in detail in His perfect Word.)
What if Christians modeled for the rest of a watching American culture the healthy, life-enabling “fear of the LORD” in the political realm over and above the cowering, whimpering, “fear of man”-driven approach that has come to rule and define American politics (certainly including American “conservative” politics)? (See: The Fear-Fueled Politics of American Statism.)
What if Christians approached politics as if Christ (the reigning King of creation) owned the political realm and all therein instead of as though Christ isn’t really King over politics or America and therefore the Republican Party is “our only hope” here and now in “the real world”? (See: Why are American “Christian conservatives” so ridiculously liberal?)
What if Christians stopped supporting and encouraging a political party that is consecrated to Socialism and Statism in direct opposition to the Nature of God as revealed in His Word? (See: How’s that Pagan “conservatism” workin’ out for ya, Christian?)
What if Christians in America took it upon themselves to acknowledge, repent, and turn away from their pivotal role in leading the culture to where it is now rather than blaming this, that, and every other “evil” group they can point to (Democrats, Liberals, homosexual advocates, etc.), each of whom are only following the “American Christian” example of dismissing anything Scripture says that confronts a cherished idol (like public schools, Social Security, the Republican Party, or even America itself)? (See: Judgment begins with the Church…not the Democrats.)
What if Christians stopped shoveling mountains of time, energy, and resources into the contrived political systems of distraction designed by enemies of King Jesus to waste the time, energy, and resources? of Christians?
What if Christians rejected and opposed the religion of American Statism in accordance with the Gospel-fueled Great Commission?
What if we as American Christians were half as committed to obeying Christ as we are to following the Republican Party?
I aim all of this first and foremost at myself. I’ve had much to repent of when it comes to buying into all of the lies and distractions pitched to me through thoroughly paganized “conservative” politics that pay lip service to Christianity while openly waging war against His rule as King in practice.
I’ve been as duped and distracted as anyone for most of my politically active life, and I thank God for the grace-fueled conviction and repentance that He’s given.
I hope that these questions provoke each of us to increasingly Christ-centered thought, prayer, and perpetual political reformation.
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