POLITICAL POLES

Not of this World

"Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight" (John 18:36, NKJV).

Somehow most of the world's democracies have settled into a two-party system. Every time elections are due, political discussion centers around these two major groups, Christians not excluded.

There are some Christians who believe that the party that is closer to Christian ideals in their ideology and practice should be the one to support without question. They will fight tooth and nail to let everyone know that to do otherwise is to go against the declared will of God.

When Joshua was confronted by the man with the drawn sword (Joshua 5:13-15), he must have been thinking the same way: We are God's chosen people , there are only two options, for us, or against us. The Commander of the Lord's army said : "Neither," (verse 14, The Message, 2002). This must be the Christian declaration.

For Whom should we Vote?

You might say for whom then should we vote? It is our civic duty. Persons gave their lives to afford us that privilege we should honour them by not taking it lightly. That decision is yours according to your conscience. Two siblings grow up in the same household, yet one will love curried chicken as his favorite and the other will hate it with a passion!

In matters like these we are not to impose our persuasion on anyone else. We must not think that because the Lord leads us down a path, anyone who is not going down that path is out of God's will. (See Romans 14 and I Corinthians 8 for this discussion.) This is immaturity. It is the way of cults.

How We should Walk

When we take sides, and judge the other person who supports an opposing side, we do not walk in love. We fight. Polarization breeds mistrust, resentment, anger in some cases at the other person's action. No my brethren, these things ought not so to be. This is not how we live in the Kingdom. "But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another" (Galatians 5:15, NKJV). How can we win the world if we fight each other?

Secondly, when we align ourselves with political sides we can fall into the snare of Dominionism which states Genesis 1:28 means we should take over political power. Jesus Christ is very clear in our opening verse that this is not so. He demonstrated how we should live by His life on earth. While He believed in rendering to Caesar what was his, at no time did He jump on any bandwagon for or against the oppressive Roman system. Yet He came to set the captive free. As the Father sent Him, He sends us (John 20:21).

Let us be imitators of Him and walk in love. God's blessings to all!

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