I have to admit that I am not by any means an avid follower of politics. With that being said, I have become intently aware of our political landscape this past year. The more aware I become, the more intense things seem to get. The more intense it gets, the more I am forced to ask and answer the question, “As a Christian, how should I respond to the idea of politics and what is happening in America today?”
As I pondered this question myself, here are a couple of thoughts the Holy Spirit brought to mind:
1. We have to remember and actively trust that God is good and he is in control.
Daniel 2:21 says, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;”
What is interesting about this verse to me is that Daniel is a great example for how we should live in our world today. He, as a God follower, was the minority. But he lived in such a way that he stayed true to his faith and gained respect and influence in the eyes of those around him, even the leaders. He wasn’t divisive. He was respectful to leadership, even when he had to disagree. How was he able to do this…HE FULLY TRUSTED AND FOLLOWED GOD. He didn’t get anxious. Instead, he stayed faithful to God, respected the authority God set up and lived an influential life. (For more info on this read Thriving in Babylon by Larry Osbourne)
2. This world is not our home!
2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Our perspective must shift. We are here as representatives of our true government and kingdom. We, as Daniel did, must display our trust in our true King and invite others to join us. We can’t allow the politics of this world to tarnish our true position as ambassadors of God’s Kingdom.
3. Our hope is very real, and we must patiently wait for our Lord!
Romans 8:24-25 says, “For in this hope (redemption) we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
Redemption is coming. God’s promises of true healing, peace, joy, and so much more are real and they are coming. Our hope is in him. Our job is to wait patiently for him, trust his plan, and seek to glorify him in all we do.
So here is my question: Does the way you engage the political conversation reveal your active trust and patience in God’s plan? Does it point to where your true hope lies and glorifies your Lord?