Excerpted from the book, One Nation “Above” God. Free download here: https://shaneidleman.com/books/
“The men of Issachar had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32)
We don’t have to compromise our principles to be involved in politics—what good is salt left in the shaker, or a light that is hidden? “Politics” is not a bad word. In simple terms, politics refers to governing or leading a group of people. Politics won’t save America, but in order to implement change, honor God, and help others, we must take action. To suggest that God does not want us to elect godly leaders and promote godly legislation runs contrary to His nature (cf. Romans 13).Silence is not an option.
1. Government is God-ordained. “We the people” are to lead according to God’s Word. Many say, “We don’t need to get involved. God will take care of everything.” Ironically, I’ve never seen that mindset when it comes to work and income. We work, or we don’t eat. God blesses hard work and diligence in financial matters; why wouldn’t He when it comes to leading a nation?
2. Apathy is not biblical. A believer should be involved in running for office, voting, and/or monitoring those in office to assure that they perform their duties. The welfare of society often falls into the hands of the Christian community. For those who believe we should remain passive and silent, I challenge you to read the writings of the Old Testament prophets. They lamented, shed tears, and pleaded with the people and the leaders to turn from their sins and to turn back to God—they spoke the truth in love. Even Jesus wept for Jerusalem when He saw its destruction was near. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963, wrote, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” I hold the same opinion today.
3. We engage the culture or we lose. There is always a fight; the tides of evil will always wash against the shores of hope and peace. Silence is not an option. We can no longer hide behind the excuse, “I don’t want to get involved.” As citizens, we are given the privilege, for now, to place people in positions of leadership. Whether we like it or not, we are involved. Millions are not registered to vote, and millions of registered voters stay at home. We’ll stand in line to see a movie, but we won’t stand in line to vote and elect leaders who will affect the direction of our country. This makes a statement about what we value—and isn’t it sad. During this election cycle, register to vote and then vote your values. It really is that simple. Click here: https://registertovote.ca.gov
4. All laws impose morality onto others. The real question is “whose” morality prevails? You can’t legislate morality, but you can restrain evil and deter wrongdoing. God doesn’t need a supermajority, but He does need a humble minority. God’s call is not to Washington or Hollywood—”if My people humble themselves” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
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Source: Christian Post