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I just love God's Word. It tells you the truth, even politically. Should Christians be involved in politics? Yesterday in Part 1 we discussed what politics is, what government is, and what Jesus did. But what about you in the United States of America – when it comes to involvement in politics (of process or conversation)… What does God want us to do? Politics – Are most influenced by your “Model” – your view of how the world works, based on where you get your information, or your upbringing. Facts don’t matter. if it opposes your model, people will ignore the facts as unimportant or irrelevant information, or even oppose them as disinformation. Models are powerful. If your Model is not based on truth, even truth won’t change it - especially when the battle is Spiritual. Please also review the recent Daily Huddle – Opinion. My prayer is that when it comes to Christians & Politics – you won’t just believe what someone says, but like the Bereans you will search the Scriptures daily to see if what is said, is true. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment. He is the One God said will lead you into all truth. What does God call believers to do politically, whether Political Process, or Political Conversation?
1. Pray - Pray for those in authority. I Timothy 2:1-2 – “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior.” This verse is a goldmine of truth on this subject. Pray for those in authority, so that - we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all Godliness and holiness. Pray that those in power will support Godliness and holiness so that people can live peaceful and quiet lives. Because if the government is ungodly or unholy, no-one can live in peace and quietness, wickedness will abound, strife, crime, and economic ruin. Jeremiah 29:4 – This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare. “Because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” God’s people at that time, were in a country not their own. Kind of like we are. We belong to a different kingdom, but we’re living here temporarily, about 70 years, just like they were about to. God’s Word states clearly - we are to pray for our governmental leaders. But God also commanded to work for the peace and prosperity of the city or nation you live in. Those in power - determine whether the people live in prosperity or misery based on their policies and actions. When the righteous rule, the people rejoice, when the wicked rule, the people groan. To work for the prosperity of the city or country you live in - you must work to ensure that leaders are chosen who follow God’s laws and principles which benefit everyone fairly, which promote not favoritism but freedom and justice for all. The first thing we are called to do politically – pray for those in authority.
2. Know The Truth
God is the God of truth. God’s Word reveals a scary thing. Hosea 4:6 - “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Even God’s people could be destroyed if they do not have the knowledge of God. It could happen. Ignorance can destroy a country, and your family along with it. Any follower of God must seek and know truth, including politically. Jesus said, The Holy Spirit was sent to lead you into all truth. So for a believer in Jesus, who is filled with the Holy Spirit of truth, they cannot be absent from the public square, or ignorant of truth regarding the culture they live in. How will they share truth with others, who are searching for it, if they themselves are deceived along with the masses? You cannot help someone out of a pit that you yourself are in. How can you share the truth in love, if you do not even know truth yourself? What will you do when people ask you? The men of Issachar – understood the times, and knew what the people of God should do. That’s what God has called you to do. Be like the men of Issachar. If you do not know the truth politically, if you are deceived along with everybody else, you and your family could be swept away with those who perish – destroyed for your lack of knowledge. That’s not God’s fault – He is truth, you’re just absent of the Holy Spirit who leads you in all truth, you lack the discernment that only He can bring. Jesus said - the devil is a Liar – the father of lies, and a murderer since the beginning. Any person (or party) who promotes lies, or murder belongs to their father the devil. It’s how you know if a person or political party is good or evil. God said you will know them by their fruit… Matthew 7:17 – Every good tree produces good fruit, and every bad tree produces bad fruit… by their fruit, you will recognize them. Not what they say, but what they do. Not how nice they sound, but what actions they take, and the result of those actions. Jesus said, “Those on the side of truth listen to me.” So clearly truth has sides. The side of truth, and the other side. Which side are you on? The side of truth? Or the side which opposes it, twists it, and censors it? Discernment is greatly needed in any nation: “Your father the devil.” Every person acts like their father – that’s how you know. By what they do, you know who their father is. John 8:44 – You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Many in politics are perpetual liars and slanderers – they follow their father the devil. That’s why they change their behavior around election time, to pander to the ignorant, and once in power they produce their true fruit. Suppression of speech – is the goal of Social Media Companies. They are supposed to give an equal platform to everybody, but in practice - hide the truth to control public opinion. They do so because it impacts elections. Proliferation of lies – the goal of the mainstream news media to influence public opinion to elect one candidate or party over another. Gender lies, Medical lies, Slander lies… When truth is suppressed, and lies are promoted, people are deceived, and a nation will be destroyed. What should the followers of the God of truth do? God’s word says, when a king listens to lies, all his officials become corrupt. In a Republic, there is no king, the people rule by their vote (if all legal votes count, and only legal votes count, and legal votes only once…). So like the king of a monarchy, if the people of a republic listen to lies, all their officials become corrupt, they elect corrupt officials. Romans 1:17-18 – For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness. Suppressing the truth isn’t original with twitter, facebook, or youtube, it’s as old as the first century, even centuries BC. Today it’s popular language to “tell your truth,” as if there is more than one, or as if your opinion or experience is actually the truth. The mere concept of ‘my truth’ and ‘your truth’ is deception, it is a play on words that leads to confusion. The dishonest and power-hungry know – “Control the language and you control the people.” That’s why pronouns have become a big thing in the last five years. They control people with language, and media. But the truth is, truth is established by God alone, it is not subjective to opinion or experience. Truth is not progressive – it is eternal – changeless. Acts 13:7… The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the LORD? Now the hand of the LORD is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun. Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.” The only way deceivers and liars are exposed, is if someone has the courage to oppose them, and speak the truth, under the anointing and prompting of the Holy Spirit.
What about evil in a nation? Do you stand with those who stand for evil? Genesis 9:5 – “And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life…. I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.” Abortion is the taking of an innocent life. God calls it murder. A baby has no voice, no vote, no power, it has no way to defend itself. In the American Civil War the bloodshed was catastrophic. 620,000 men died in the Civil war – 2% of the population. That equivalent today would be 6 million people. It is recorded Abraham Lincoln believed that the bloodshed was God’s judgment on America because of the sin of slavery. If Abraham Lincoln was correct, how much blood will be required for the murder of seventy million children? The most natural thing in the world is a mother’s instinct to protect her child. Even in nature, a mother bird will risk their own life to protect her young against predators. But now, women boast about the abortions they get. It is pure evil. It goes against the primary instinct a mother was created with. It shows you how powerful a model can be. If you can get someone to believe that a baby isn’t a human, the same logic of slavery, they will murder their own child – and call it freedom, a Constitutional right. It is the biggest lie in America. It is pure evil. And anyone who defends it as justice or a human right is deceived, and corrupt to the core. You do not have the right to take another person’s life. Only God has that right. Proverbs 28:5 – Evil people do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully. That’s what happens when the wicked rule, and the righteous do nothing. We have a Supreme Court Justice recently confirmed by a party that many church people vote for, who cannot even define what a woman is. How can that individual determine Justice for this nation? They will not, they cannot. They do what their father does, perpetuate lies, and murder the innocent. Proverbs 31:8 – Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (NLT – see that they get justice). A baby cannot stand for themselves, they have no voice. This is not ‘my body my choice.’ It was, and you did what causes babies. Now it’s not your body. It’s another life inside your body. But what about rape? This is not about rape, ninety-nine percent of abortions are not because of rape, but inconvenience. So this is not about rape. But what about rape? Rape is horrific! Everyone’s heart goes out to every precious woman who has suffered this injustice. 5% of these crimes do result in pregnancy. Yet surprisingly, eighty-five percent of these mothers choose to have the baby anyway. May God bless them and help them. But here is something hard to understand… Under current law, the woman is not allowed to pay for their rapist to be killed – that is illegal. But she can pay for her baby to be killed - who didn’t commit any crime. And if she doesn’t have the money, the government will pay to have that baby killed. How is that justice? Shouldn’t the perpetrator die for their crime? Not the baby? The fact remains, ninety-nine percent of abortions, almost a million babies killed each year because of inconvenience. While we in this country debate a woman’s right to choose to end someone else’s life, over two thousand children are murdered every day in this country. May God forgive us for this evil in our nation, and bring an end to legalized murder. It is an abomination before God. That’s what happens when the wicked rule, instead of the righteous.
The second thing we are called to do politically is Know The Truth. Without the Holy Spirit who leads you into all truth, without the Word of God which is Truth, you will be ignorant of it. You will be destroyed for lack of knowledge. Even God’s people, the elect can be deceived. Praying that you will be like the men of Issachar who understood the times (that’s political) and knew what the people of God should do. According to God’s Word, our responsibility politically. #1 Pray for those in authority, and #2 Know the Truth. How can you share it if you don’t know it? Praying that you will check your model, to make sure it lines up fully with the Word of God, that you will not be deceived by what sounds right, but know and believe and do what is right. Should Christians be involved in politics? Be sure to listen to Daily Huddle tomorrow – Christians and Politics (Part 3 of 3)
Love you all,
Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!