7 Things We Can All Agree on Politically as Christians

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

What an awful time to be an introvert who wants everyone to be happy. I used to love scrolling through my Facebook feed and reading stories and jokes. Now, I avoid social media like a cat on tinfoil. America is steeped in tragedy and heavy-handed opinions are in no shortage. American politics begs you to take a radical stance that pushes all other counterpoints into darkness and evil. I grew up in a family where only one side was the obvious winner and carrier of truth and justice.

I don't want to get into the very long line of righteous indignation on Facebook and Twitter, though I applaud my brothers and sisters for speaking up. There's a lot of "I will die on this hill for this political figure who doesn't even know my name." I want to find the common ground, which shapes our unique Christian ethics. This post isn't about wrist-slapping or team shaming, but if we can agree on these biblically founded principles then we have a great place to start.

1. Revelations tells us that the government is going to get gutted and reinstalled.

Proof: 1Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth," for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (Revelation 21:1-2)

Revelation is a book dedicated to destroying the old things of the world and replacing them with perfection. No one can say that we are living in a time where "every tear is wiped away" or "death has been swallowed up forever." We have the promise of Christ and the reality of His kingdom upon us, but not the final product.

So what are the chances that the things we are arguing so hard about today are going to make it into the final product of paradise? If Jesus is promising a brand new and restored kingdom, what parts do you think will stay from the here and now?

2. The reason things are so chaotic is that the book of Proverbs is not being obeyed

Proof: Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him. (Proverbs 24:17) Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, (Proverbs 22:4)

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. (Proverbs 22:10)

one who guards his lips guards his soul. One who opens his lips wide comes to ruin (Proverbs 13:3)

Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
(Proverbs 19:2)

I am surprised that pastors aren't running to the Book of Proverbs for 20-week studies with all that is going on. Anger and carelessness have been the driving enemy of the whole political spectrum. Who can say that Twitter arguments that start with harsh judgments end with understanding? Who can say that a revved-up speech full of spite is giving us the truth? When did we start believing that bitterness is a good quality in a politician?

3. Sin is universal; not owned by a particular group

Proof: Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you. (Psalm 143:2)

The above Psalm was written by King David, one of the most legendary followers of God. God considered him a close friend and he didn't even have to buy a WWJD bracelet to prove it. If David can admit that God's servants are constant sinners, then how much can we own up to it? Is sin a universal shackle on the hearts of flawed people or do you believe that God has a favorite team that gets a free pass? Likewise, history shows us that followers who believed they were "God's favorite team" were actually the most disappointing to God in their behavior. Jesus was condemned by Jewish priests. This brings me to the next point.

4. Humility is the only way out of this mess

Proof: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Pride is the worst sin of the flesh according to C.S. Lewis. That was the sin that made Satan rebel against God. Whether you agree with that or not, pride is a relationship killer. Pride forces people not to apologize for their mistakes. Pride tells you that your enemies are irredeemable and that you are above them. Pride in a political tribe can keep someone from being critical of their own group failings. Can we agree that the world would be a better place if we owned our own mistakes more than pointing out others?

5. We do not have to worry about justice and change

Proof: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Romans 1:18)

This is not a call to inaction, but rather a reassurance that we are not solely responsible for destroying evil and eliminating bad. God has a proven track record of destroying what does not fit into His world. You can add Philistine armies, Nazi Germany, Dixieland Democrats, The Bull-Moose Party, Sodom, Gomorrah, and Babylon to that list. This should give us hope for whatever comes our way, but also set a fire under us to include God in the solution. When God is ready to remove something he does it with participants of His choosing or an angelic wave of the hand. The other side of the coin should fill us with fear. God will remove everything that does not work for Him. He may be patient with our behaviors, but He is thorough when the time comes.

6. Prayer is the key

Proof: Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

The opportunity to ask someone stronger, richer, and smarter than you for help cannot be overstated. In this case, it is God who urges us to pray for people and their well-being. Prayer has been mocked in recent tragedies as a harmless wish thrown to the empty skies, while the need to "fight back", "stand your ground," "make yourself heard," is far superior. As Christians, we rely on God's attention and care on a problem as the only solution. If our best intentions don't have even one 1% of God's help then it is in vain. This is why we ask.

7. Jesus was right the whole time

Proof: To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. (Matt 13:12)

This statement deserves the "duh" award, but it is also the foundation of all the other bullet points. Jesus is the reason Proverbs exists. He invented the concept of perfection. He is the only way to change things for the better. If He commands forgiveness for enemies, what court can overrule Him? If He tells us to clothe the naked and feed the poor, there's no legislation that can stand up to His ruling. Peace, justice, unity are His trademarks and that should be the foundation of our beliefs.

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