Saturday, 30 October 2010 02:02
The 2010 election is just days away. You have heard the old maxim, “Never mix religion and politics”? Well, I’m about to do just that. I’m not going to tell you which party or candidate to vote for—I just wanted to make you aware of some things Christians seem to forget at election time.
#1 We Christians hold dual citizenship.
Phil. 3:20 reminds us that “our citizenship is in Heaven”. It is a great privilege to be an American; it is a greater privilege to be a citizen of an eternal Kingdom. While we may pledge allegiance to the flag and “to the Republic for which it stands” our ultimate allegiance must be to God. Our morals, standards and ethics must be His morals, ethics and standards. And those standards should be evident when it comes to those we elect to public office.
#2 We are full-time citizens AND full-time Christians.
People are always calling for the “separation of church and state”.
(Incidentally, this phrase is not found in the Constitution. What the Constitution warns against is the government establishing or endorsing a particular religion.) What these folks are really saying is, “Keep your God out of politics!” Sorry, folks: our God is not confined to a church building on Sunday morning. He is part of our everyday lives. We don’t compartmentalize our lives and just play at religion on Sundays. There is a word for that kind of behavior: Hypocrisy.
#3 Our wallet should not be the ultimate determining factor in how we vote.
I remember many years ago a Christian man told me he was for abortion because he was “tired of paying for all of these unwanted kids”. To think that a professing follower of Christ valued a dollar more than a life! Money should not be what determines how we vote!
I know that mixing religion and politics is a touchy subject. But to leave our faith outside the polling place is a dangerous thing: or have we forgotten that we have to give an account to God for all of our actions in this life?
Till next time,
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