Christianity vs Politics

The Answer in short

Antique engraving of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, by William Greatbach after original by John Trumbull. 

 

In America it is a Christian’s duty to participate in politics. America is in it’s current position specifically because well-meaning Christians have believed a lie, and have refused to address the questions according to actual facts and Biblical real-world principles. 

 

The explanation follows below in multiple parts. Read it. And share it with your pastor. Then get serious and live it. Because great men who were Christians before you died for it. 

 

 

The Explanation & Arguments

 

1. The Foundation of America

The Constitution of the United States is a document unlike any other on the face of the earth. Its foremost foundation lies in the presumption that all men are created equal, and their human rights are given by God their creator. This is unique among the governments of the world. 

This presumption moved the Founders to establish a government truly unique and special, a government they described as ‘of, by, and for the people.’ Never before had the government of a country been established on the presumption that citizens could correctly govern themselves. This was anathema to the minds of monarchs and dictators and had been for centuries – the idea that the common people could govern themselves just as well as a born monarch. This was an audacious idea. To literally place the future of a country in the hands of the peasants.

The entire idea was completely opposite of ruling-class monarchial thinking – to establish a power structure that took away their power at its establishment, and made them everyday citizens once their task was finished. These were men moved by the hand of Almighty God, who were willing to die for the idea that a commoner should rule by serving his fellow man; a public servant. This is how these founders saw themselves; as public servants. Not kings, or rulers, or elite, but as men who had a responsibility to their families, to their friends, to their children, and to the whole world. They sought it not, nor did they shirk it, but bore it, and laid the foundation of a superpower that the world had yet to see. A superpower built by peasants. 

 

2. The Commands of Jesus & the apostles 

Jesus ministered to the Jewish people. His words were spoken to the Jewish people. The Jews were slaves. Taken in war by the Roman army and king, they were ruled as captives under Rome’s fist of iron. They were allowed no voice in politics or law, except only in matters pertaining to their own Jewish culture, where that voice was granted to only the religious rulers of the people. The religious rulers were educated, wealthy, and usually born into their circles – a stark and lasting divide between themselves and the class of peasants, who had basically no opportunity in life other than to stay a peasant.

Paul the apostle, a wealthy Pharisee born from the ‘best’ tribe and from the ‘best’ family, was born a Roman citizen, and as such was guaranteed certain rights. Paul exercised these rights on at least two recorded occasions. 

Both Jesus and Paul (and other apostles) commanded servants to be obedient to their masters. And they also commanded masters to be decent to their servants. 

Paul commanded obedience to rulers, both good and bad, referencing that rulers are ‘not a terror to good works but to evil.’

This system of Roman government had been allowed by God to be established, and Jesus does not seek to overthrow it, even though many elements of it were cruel and wrong. Remember, that God’s ultimate plan for the Jewish people was for them to be free, being ruled by His commandments and law. 

Remember too, that in the beginning, man was ruled by God, and government was later instituted by God to specifically punish murderers. “And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”

This command of first government was given to Noah and his sons, that they would teach their posterity. This was not worded so as to establish Noah as a king, nay, it is spoken to mankind, it is spoken to ‘every man’s brother.’ This was the first of many instituted moral laws, and it was to be understood, followed, and enforced by all mankind.

It was a command of self-governance. 

That the people should enforce moral law was an established understanding thousands of years ago. 

 

3. The distinguishing factors  

Jesus commanded forgiveness. The entire Old Testament recounted God’s judgement on evil. How can we reconcile these? You will recall that Jesus also pronounced many judgements on the religious rulers. And the Old Testament was punctuated time and again by God’s mercy on those that came to Him for forgiveness. So really, we don’t have to reconcile these. God is the same. His commands have not changed. He always desires to show mercy to those who ask. And He will always eventually bring judgement upon unrepentant evil. 

Jesus commanded His followers to ‘turn the other cheek’ that they might show the love of God to the Romans, who had no other way of coming to see or understand a loving God. The Gods of Rome were war and death. A God of love could not simply be spoken about, but needed to be shown. 

Nowhere in scripture does Jesus absolve sins for a group. Each time he forgave, we are led to believe that the forgiveness came because of a heart that was repentant. Nowhere does Jesus command his followers to forgive offenses committed against one’s friends. A Christian can only truly forgive for wrong done to himself.

If the first governmental command was given by God to each person to follow, who then should be thought to be the greatest adherent to the command of God, but the most Godly of men? So the justice of a Holy God falls most squarely upon the shoulders of the most holy of men. Christian men. If moral law was important enough millennia ago for God to institute it, why is it not important enough today for Christians to follow it?

Because we’ve given our responsibilities away to politicians.

 

4. The Answer  

The Constitution places the responsibility of the government on every citizen. Every citizen can be elected, therefore every citizen is the government. A moral people will uphold the laws even when there is no policeman around with a nightstick. Vigilante justice, citizens’ arrest – these come as the natural outflow of an intrinsically moral citizenry; moral law is lived and enforced from the lowest political level. 

When the Christian man, with a most holy foundation, clearest understanding of God-given moral law, and scriptural call to serve his fellow man, allowed his mind and time to abdicate from the governing of his county, state, and nation, America fell.