With election season heating up, I was asked the other day how do we vote “Christian?” I think this is a fear by many Christians who do not want to vote in a way that displeases God. I also think this is a weapon that other Christians use to swing to get people to vote how they want. I thought I would take some time and address this issue, and my hope above hopes for this piece is that it will get you excited and interested enough in politics that you will first and foremost get out and vote. Our lack of voter turn out in this country is appalling, so I want to encourage you to get involved and vote. It is a awesome power that we are able to wield, so go wield it.
There are two extremes I hope you will avoid in politics. The first extreme is neutrality. There are plenty of Christians that do not get involved in any way in politics like politics and religion cannot cross paths at all. These Christians do not vote, do not campaign, do not debate politics in any way. Just know, Jesus was quite politically active. He discussed taxes on a least two ocossians, political loyalty, temple politics, marriage and divorce (which were matters of law even back then), and more. In the gospels, when Jesus is questioned by a religious leader or a scribe, it is often more of a political question than a religious one. Who is my neighbor? What is the greatest commandment? Do we pay taxes to Rome? What do we do with people caught breaking religious law? Questions regarding Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath? All of these questions had political implications, involving Roman/Jewish relations along side the religious ones, and Jesus did not shy away from them. He was politically active.