The Real Truth About the Marriage of Politics and Faith by Terri Hasdorff for Charisma News
As I look back, I realize that God has given me a career path with some rather unique experiences. I have built bridges at the intersection of faith and government my whole life, and I have learned that serving people through a role in government can be just as important as serving them through a role in the church.
To be involved in our communities is also to be involved in the political processes that impact them. Is it not better to prevent tragedy before we must race in and help heal it? The tragedy of corruption and betrayal of the people is happening every day in our modern system, and we do have the power to do something about it!
Many Christians have quite simply forgotten our enormous collective power.
The United States has the largest Christian population in the world and, more specifically, the largest Protestant population globally, with more than 200 million Christians.
Some simply do not believe that politics is something Jesus would call them to do, so they take no action other than prayer. But the truth is, He has given us the authority and ability to govern. The truth is that the government is designed for moral people to run it.
I am reminded of Matthew 7:3–5, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
It is time to get the plank out of your eye when it comes to political involvement. Before you complain about the problems you see with the government, ask yourself, “What am I doing to get involved and make a difference?” Everyone can do something. To have a moral, efficiently running political system is as important as having clean water and healthy food.
Christians understand the concept of tithing, but they seem to be totally disconnected from the fact that just as money is needed to run a church and feed orphans, money is needed to run campaigns to elect the right kind of people to office.