I’ve written about the allowance of moral decay in our society by Christians who vote Democrat. I wrote that by voting for politicians whose entire social platforms rest on the acceptance and aggressive promotion of immoral lifestyles and on-demand child sacrifice, Christians who vote Democrat are directly contributing to the moral decline of our republic.
Today, I’d like to address Christians who don’t vote, who don’t get involved in politics, and are proud of it. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve heard members of the church say a variant of “I don’t get involved in politics,” while projecting the best holier-than-thou expression they can muster. They usually add to it by saying This world is not our home, or We are in the world, not of it.
Christians who recuse themselves from politics are just as much at fault for our moral decay as those who vote Democrat. By taking yourself out of the equation, you are allowing a tidal wave of godlessness to saturate our culture, and missing tremendous opportunity.
My father and my uncle explain this issue in a more succinct and powerful way than I ever could, so I’ll tell you what they told me:
“The foundational notion is found in Galatians 6: 9-10. We’re told to do good as we have opportunity. Voting to stop the slaughter of children is doing good. Voting to stop the destruction of marriage is doing good. Voting to uphold God’s principles in our laws allows his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
“If we are blessed to live in a society that gives us a voice in its political direction, we are obligated as stewards of that privilege to use it to influence the society toward righteousness.”
Both perspectives are different sides of the same idea. It’s our obligation as Christians to do what’s right. When we see the rampant slaughter of children, should we do nothing to try to stop it? When we see society push forward an agenda that is antithetical to God’s will, should we not make our voices heard?
Participation in the political system is a form of proselytizing in that politics and faith are indivisible. Whether you like it or not, politics and faith have become so tightly wound together that separation is not only impossible, but impractical.
This world may not be our ultimate home, but we’re here temporarily, and we’re here for a reason. Politics is a tool with which we can influence our culture, and in doing so, project the values of Christ to those who don’t know him. By opposing abortion and immoral lifestyles, we are spreading the gospel. By fighting for or against certain political policy, we are acting as a window into God’s mind through which the godless can see.
By removing ourselves from politics, we are passively contributing to the advancement of social immorality, as well as removing from our arsenal a weapon that can be used to fight evil and shine Christ’s light into a dark world.
Make yourself visible, make Christ visible. While we’re passing through this world, let’s use every tool we have to bring as many with us as possible. One of the greatest tools we have at our disposal is political influence.