It seems that most young folk these days – and in particular young Christian people – seem to care very little about politics, public policy and current affairs, except of course when it affects them directly.
As Christians we should be interested in everything that God has made and politics is one of them. The political system is ordained by God for the purposes of governing His people. In fact the concept of the state is a creation of God and we find that in Romans 13:1-7.
Yet countless millions of Christians in the Western World think that we have no business being involved in politics and that it is somehow a sin to be involved.
It shows that we do not have the heart of God when we do not care enough about the issues our nation faces… when we do nothing about the vitriolic and vicious assaults by the “progressive” left and the cultural Marxists on faith, family, values and freedom. We have this challenge: our nation in an advanced state of moral decay and we are failing miserably in our roles as ambassadors of Christ.
These naysayers are part of the problem in a very big way and are part of the reason why so much evil and filth has crept into this nation. They essentially allow any and every evil and godless government to rule. Wilful ignorance of political matters is not a virtue or something to flaunt around as being a “good Christian unspotted by the world”– it is in fact a sin. James 4:17 says Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. God will not hold us guiltless for our gross irresponsibility and negligence to do our duty as Christians in upholding His laws and promoting righteousness.
Consider the following Bible references:
Psalm 12:8 The wicked prowl on every side, when vileness is exalted among the sons of men.
Proverbs 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
Proverbs 28:2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; but by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.
As Christians, we are on this earth for a purpose – we are Christ’s servants. That purpose is to glorify God in a broad sense and one way in which we can accomplish this other than spreading the Good News is to be salt and light in the political and civil spheres upholding the law of God and ensuring we play our part as citizens in the democratic process.
Without reinventing the wheel so to speak, I quote a very eloquent excerpt from Wayne Grudem’s book, Politics According to the Bible: “I believe that every Christian citizen who lives in a democracy has at the very least a minimal obligation to be well-informed and to vote for candidates and policies that are most consistent with biblical principles. The opportunity to help select the kind of government we will have is a stewardship that God entrusts to citizens in a democracy, a stewardship that we should not neglect or fail to appreciate. That at least means that Christians are responsible to learn enough about the important issues to be able to vote intelligently”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of my favourite authors, also has some very wise words for us “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Even if you cannot vote because 1) you’re not on the electoral role or 2) you’re underage you can still participate in an enormous way. At age 11 I helped my father with his first political campaign with the Christian Democratic Party (in Australia), since then I have been involved in 3-4 more campaigns. Some of my tasks included graphic design work (which I have done for two political parties), social media management, website maintenance and management, letter boxing, assisting at public speaking engagements, volunteering on election day itself and even simple tasks like driving around delivering campaign materials to volunteers and so on.
There’s really so many ways you can help and you can use your talents for the glory of God. Especially for young people, social media platforms are a fantastic way of disseminating information and getting the word out about important issues that are crucial to the future of this country.
We all want change in our society but very few of us are willing to put up our hand and be willing to right all the wrongs – to take real action. I think this largely comes down to the fact that Christians think that we should not be involved in politics (which I just touched on) and secondly this misconception that there’s always someone better than me to do this. God uses anyone – the weak, the failures, the inadequate, the ineloquent and He takes those people and uses them for His purposes. All we need to do is say “here I am Lord, use me in your service”.
By real action I am not suggesting in any way that you go blow up abortion clinics and storm parliaments and that type of thing… most certainly not. What I’m talking about is spreading the message to your friends that there are Christian conservative parties out there whom they can vote for and also to get involved in other practical ways such as signing petitions, writing letters to the editors of newspapers, being involved in an advocacy group and/or a political party and so on.
Change starts with you! So get off the TV, get off the Xbox, stop wasting time on social media and start making a difference for the glory of God.