On Government and Faith

Let me state emphatically that I am not a Republican.  When I registered to vote years ago, I went to my county office and I said, “Whatever Bill Clinton is, I’m not.”  Politically, I am an evangelical conservative.  You know, that group that no Republican can win without their support, who then is forgotten when they get into office?  With last week’s Omnibus vote, it is clear, that my government no longer represents me. 

I follow politics enough to know, that Washington D.C. is a pit of vipers, roaches, and rats on both sides of Congress.  It is corrupt and dirty to the point that you need bleach and gloves to enter it.  During an election, your representatives claim to be “one of the people.”  Then, once elected, they forget all about the little people they claim to work for.  They form their little crony groups and then vote based on allegiance to that group, not on the wishes of those who elected them.  I had my own representative this year look me in the eye and tell me one thing.  He then got to Washington and went along with Paul Ryan and his group.  Maybe I am simple minded, but to me, that’s a lie.

So what does it mean for you and me, outside the political power bastions of New York, Los Angeles, and D.C.?  First, I call you to Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”  If we want better government, the absolute first thing we must do is vote.  As I child, I remember my dad taking me with him every election to our local polling place.  It was important to him that I realize the gravity of what it meant.  No matter what, on Election Day he made time to go vote.  Being the son of a WW2 vet, he wanted to make sure I understood that the freedom that Americans enjoy are not guaranteed.  They can be removed in the blink of an eye.  Many Christians are awaking from their slumber to the reality that their religious freedoms are suddenly at great peril. 

The first thing we must do is pray for and elect Godly leaders.  1 Timothy 2 reads:

“I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty (1 Timothy 2:1-2).”

Rather than being afraid of what the world thinks of us, we must stand for our faith and engage those who would limit or even strip us of the freedom to practice it.  That means the likelihood of conflict.  If you are a Christian and think being socially accepted is the end game you obviously missed how eleven of the twelve disciples met their end.  Social acceptance has never been a biblical goal of the way of Christ.

 The second thing Christians must do is pull their heads out of the sand.  This summer, when all the Planned Parenthood videos showed up, how many called their representatives and demanded action?  As I have said in many a writing, abortion is the one issue that I can’t compromise on.  If we do not stand for those who are unborn, then we cannot call ourselves followers of the Author of Life.  It really is that simple. 

The third thing Christians absolutely have to do is stop electing the same folks over and over if they do not represent our values with their votes in Congress.  I have voted for the same man as one of my senators since I was 18.  The next time he is up for election, he will not get my vote. 

The last thing all Christians must realize is that no matter who is elected President, our hope does not lie in that person.  Our hope lies in the One who is greater than the White House.  Greater than all the governments of the world. The One Isaiah wrote of:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.   Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this (Isaiah 9:6-7).”

Everything rests in that tiny baby boy.  That does not mean that we secede from the world and wait for death or rapture.  It means that we seek to shape our world into a reflection of Christ’s kingdom.  We seek to live justly and love mercy as Christ does. 

Jim Shempert

Editor, One Million Dads
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