“We’ve got to be more politically involved as the church! We’ve got to take this nation back for Christ! We’ve got to get God back into our schools! We’ve got to support our president and his war on terror, and stop the media from spreading lies and liberalism! It’s our duty as Christians!”
Is it really?
Why wasn’t Jesus political at all? He was dropped right into the most tumultuous political and governmental turmoil that region of the world had known for a long time. Even apart from the Roman occupation of Palestine, the theocratic nation of Israel was intensely divided between Conservative Judaism and Hellenistic Judaism. The debates and conflicts were raging all around him, begging for his opinion and denouncement or support.
Why didn’t Jesus get involved in politics? Why didn’t he weigh in on whether the right or the left was closer to the truth? Why didn’t he “take a stand” on at least one issue of political purpose? As followers of Jesus, why is it our duty to take a political stand now? Why do we need to be politically involved? Why do we need to endorse Republican agendas and denounce Liberal Democrats and their values? Or, on the other side of the coin, why do we need to write our congressman to stop a war in Africa, or push for social reform that will end poverty? When did writing a congressman become something that superceded praying for peace?
What changed? Jesus didn’t involve himself in the politics and governmental struggles of his day. The early church declined to do so as well. In all of Paul’s writings, there is no mention of a Christian’s duty to get involved in the system and make positive civil changes. Why are these things taken for granted as the Christian duty today? I can’t imagine that we shouldn’t vote…but is that our highest good?
I really want to know.