“His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’” – Daniel 4:34-35
How involved should Christians be in politics? That question may be on your mind today in light of the past week’s Republican National Convention (the Democratic Convention will be this coming week). Politics are simultaneously fascinating and maddening. As a follower of Christ, should you engage in the political forum? As Jesus’ disciple, how much are you willing to publicly say to support or oppose certain hot-button issues?
I believe it is important for Christians to be involved in politics. Our influence, while seemingly insignificant to some, is stronger than we think. For example, take Daniel. Daniel was a true man of God. The brutal king Nebuchadnezzar, who initially wanted to kill Daniel (2:13), made him ruler over Babylon and “placed him in charge of all its wise men” (2:48). What we have here is God calling his people (Daniel, along with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) to counsel a very popular secular ruler.
We should seek to counsel political leaders today. Is it everyone’s calling to be a politician? No, but don’t you think our voices should be heard? Our government is only too happy tearing down Biblical truths while Christians passively allow it to happen. As the election season draws near, we should cast a vote for the candidate – regardless of party affiliation – whose views and values most closely reflect ours.
Don’t sit on the bench while Satan takes America from us. Though we are to submit ourselves to the governing authorities, never forget that it is God who has the final authority.
In His Name,