This morning, I read a spirited debate between two brothers on Facebook. One brother, who also is a minister, had posted a link to this page with the following message attached: “Let us pray that America will wake up and return to the values and principles that formed this great nation!” The other brother, obviously offended, proceeded to accuse the first of being hateful, racist, slanderous, and rebellious, even going as far as to state, “I know which party God is angry at the most!” Both men are believers. Still, I found it quite interesting that the only one who resorted to name calling, open hostility, and inflammatory language was the one making the accusations. I did not get involved in their debate. However, the ludicrous nature of the statement, “I know which party God is angry at the most,” provoked some thought.
My first thought in response to the statement was, “God is not political.” God is neither a republican nor a democrat. He also is not an independent, libertarian, constitutionalist, green party or tea party member. In fact, I find it very hard to believe that He is particularly concerned with any specific party as a whole. God is a relational God. As such, He cares for each and every individual, personally. God is not part of a democracy, monarchy, socialist republic, dictatorship or any other man-made form of government. Unlike men, He does not manipulate or jockey for position or support; and He doesn’t force it either. God is of another Kingdom entirely – one that is not of this world. He is the almighty, supreme ruler of an enduring, superior Kingdom that precedes all others. Those who love Him, love Him freely. Those who follow Him, freely choose to do so.
- Matthew 11:12 (AMP)And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize–a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].
That being said, there is a lie that has spread throughout mainstream culture that people of faith have no business getting involved in political arenas. The popular opinion is that they should just keep their mouths shut and stay out of it. This form of blatant discrimination was designed with the express purpose of silencing the people of God. Believers have just as much right as anybody else to voice their views about the political climate in our nation. As those called to speak truth and impact culture, one might even say it’s a responsibility to do so. We are of another Kingdom, and our lives should stand out in such a way that as a result, people are drawn into the light of Christ.
- 1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.