The Politics of Jesus
I am about to do something you should never do. Talk politics. Especially politics mixed with religion. I am pretty sure that some people are not going to like what I have to say. But that is what comment sections are for. If you don’t want to read on….I understand.
We are in the middle of primary season for the next presidential race here in America. I want to start this post by saying, I am very interested in this race. I read a lot, and talk about it even more (just ask my wife). I am super opinionated, and good at forcing that opinion on others. In fact, it is something that I have noticed more and more, and I have become more and more annoyed with myself because of this. I have spent the last couple weeks reading in the bible, and praying about what I need to do to change this habit. In that process I came to a decision to change the way I operate.
I will say that the church gets a bum rap for being crazy about politics, as if the rest of the country isn’t. The fact is our entire country revolves around this process, not just the church. It is ingrained in our DNA as a nation. We get to do something that most nations don’t have the privilege or responsibility to be a part of. And that fact is where I believe the problem lies.
While I studied Jesus, the disciples, and early followers I noticed something. They lived in a society that was extremely oppressive to the church (not a shocking statement), but they didn’t spend any time really trying to change the government. Instead they focused on changing the individuals. They took all of the oppression, ridicule, and false accusations as badge of honor. It was for Christ. They considered it joy to go through hard times, because it allowed God’s power to shine through them. Somehow the church of America has become a church that looks to change the symptoms of a problem. Better yet, they are trying to change the sickness. We are doing the equivalent of trying to get a flu virus to stop making people sick, instead of trying to teach people how to wash their hands and avoid germs.
Please hear my heart, I am not trying to say Christians should be uninvolved or out of touch. But remember that the reason Jesus was so widely rejected on earth was because the people thought the Messiah would come in on a flaming horse and take out the government. Instead he came in love and just reached out to people with that message. It flew in the face of what people thought the Messiah, our Savior should do. The fact that he wouldn’t have anything to do with the politics is exactly why he was rejected and ultimately crucified. And here we are 2000 years later, once again expending all our energy to change a government that doesn’t matter in eternity. Whats worse is that many times in trying to change that government, we ignore or disenfranchise the people that need God’s love the most.
I do think we should vote. I do think we should try and shape government toward what we believe is right and true. But the more I study, the more I realize that we need a radical change of focus away from the bacteria, and onto the potentially sick. There is going to be things we disagree with in government. Sometimes things our government condones that make us sick to our stomach. But I am pretty sure killing Jesus made the disciples sick to their stomach as well, but they didn’t start going out holding signs to end the hate…..no, they ignored the government and went out with the love of Christ. There were times that they spoke out against the governments policies, but they never took action to change it…..to take action to change government was just wasting time they could be reaching people with the love of Christ. I don’t think we should ignore the problems in America….but I think we will go a lot further in fixing them by reaching people…..not politics.
P.S. Every vote counts. Go vote. But remember, Jesus wasn’t a democrat or a republican…..it was actually politics that killed him.
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