If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, March 6, 1956
I’m about to drop a hot take on the political landscape of America right now; with the presidential debates already started, there is no better time than now to bring this up!
Why is this topic even on G4F?
Some may be frustrated that I’m bringing this up, but how could I not? Today, children even as young as elementary school are bringing up the topic of political party with their friends as they’re sitting around the lunch table. It may seem like such a stretch but not really. The political scene has been electric ever since Obama’s election back in 2008. On January 20th, 2009, classrooms all across America tuned in to watch Obama’s Inauguration into office, a potentially largely impactful event in the life of a young child. Since then, kids have started talking about politics.
With everything that is on TV channels, social media, and in their parents discussions, it’s no surprise that kids are getting involved on the political Game of Life. This topic is not out of reach for children that can’t even vote yet. It is in their conversations, and it would benefit us to have conversations about it and use it as a tool to point little kids to Christ through a biblical world view.
Get it cleareed
The political landscape in America right now is nothing short of extremely polarized. It’s a type of environment that doesn’t allow you to reside in the middle of either side. In this political culture, people either see things as being the “Left” or “Right”. This develops the mentality in people that reminds me of episode 3 in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith where Anakin Skywalker tells Obi-Wan that “if you’re not with me, than you’re my enemy”. This polarized mentality has no place in the church.
The Gospel annnd ________
The truth point blank is this: the Gospel doesn’t change no matter who holds office. The strength of the Gospel doesn’t change no matter who holds office. It is an undeniable fact that the Gospel mission will not fail, no matter who holds office. Far too many Christians are looking to a political party or a presidential candidate to make things right in the world and to be their savior. These Christians think that we need the Gospel and the presidential election to go our way in order for the captive to be set free. This is a dangerous position to hold, friends. The book of Colossians and Galatians have a strong word for us about the supremacy of Christ.
Colossians 1 has this to say,
“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”Colossians 1:17,18
Here Paul writes, reminding us that it is Christ who is the head of the Church, not any president or political candidate. Then, to add to it, Paul in Gatlatians writes to the church saying:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different Gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the Gospel of Christ.”Galatians 1:6,7
Paul says this to remind the church in Galatia that Jesus and the Gospel are enough; it needs neither to be added to or subtracted from.
So. This November, vote your convictions, but just know that there are platform pieces in both political parties that represent values and ideals that are contrary to things that are God’s word. It is not the job of the president or any elected official to advance the Gospel, that’s our job. It’s up to the Church. We serve Christ and no other earthly leader. Go forth and glorify Christ in your life, and let us as the Church stop living as a house divided by political polarization. Let us pursue Christ!