In this season of time known as election season, we as Americans in general and Christians in particular, have the God-inspired, Constitutionally ordained choice of who will rule over us. The political “machines” have taken this sacred choice and perverted it into a cult of personality – which candidate has the most appeal to the voter. We in turn, have joined into the fray by subscribing to the idea that if you are Conservative or Liberal, Republican or Democrat (or any other affiliation for that matter), that you were in the “right” party and all others are in the wrong party and that it is your “duty” – from the machine’s point of view, to convert or eliminate those on the other side because they are your “enemy”.
People think politics is a complicated matter. Nothing could be further from the truth. Politics is not a contest of party affiliation as it is a contest of worldviews. In other words, on Election Day which worldview will we as a nation follow until the next election cycle? I go into more detail about this in my blog “Elections Have Consequences”. When you eliminate the “fluff” you are really left with two choices – A Biblical worldview or a Non-Biblical worldview. Most Christians can not articulate what a Biblical worldview is. Therefore you can’t confidently vote for something or someone that reflects your values. What is worse is that you can’t convince a person that holds a Non-Biblical worldview through a discussion, that their worldview has flaws and that a Biblical worldview has the answers that they are looking for. Consider this:
- How would you classify abortion? Murder of innocent blood or a woman’s right to choose?
- How would you define marriage – as God sees between a man and a woman or something else that Scripture doesn’t support?
- How would you classify the rights and freedoms you enjoy as an American – God given or government given?
- How do you view political office – as a responsibility to be stewarded or a stepping stone to get what you want?
These are just a few questions you would need to ask yourself before you engage a person with a different worldview, much less a candidate running for public office. I think we do God as well as ourselves a disservice if these questions are not addressed in our hearts and in the pulpit. Like tithing, we must be continually reminded that it is our decisions that bring forth God’s blessing or His curse. It is our decision to elect a candidate that has a Biblical worldview. It is our decision to pray one in if you don’t see one.
I have encountered people who have tried to use Daniel 2:21 as a political “Get out of jail free” card; meaning it is Biblically permissible to get out of the political process. However, we haven’t had a king ruling this country in over 200 years. Remember, with the exception of the Judges, every political authority in Scripture was a dictatorship. From Pharaoh to Agrippa and every one in between – including David and Solomon.
However, every country in world history did have supreme ruling body on the Earth. In the time of Jesus it was known as Caesar. This would make many Christians feel justified in their minds that there is nothing we can do because they will quote “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar, and render unto God that which is God’s (see Matthew 22:21). While this is true, in America we must recognize what is classified as Caesar. Most Christians – including a lot of preachers get this incorrect. “Caesar” in America is not the President, Governor, or any person in public office that has authority. It’s not the body itself; such as the U.S., State, or local government. Caesar in America is the U.S. Constitution. It is the supreme law of the land. It is the document that all State officials, the entire Congress, The Supreme Court, and all service members in our our Armed Forces, including the President and Vice-President swear and a oath of allegiance to uphold, protect, and defend.
So in the day that we live in you can read Scripture this way: Render unto the Constitution that which belongs to the Constitution. Render unto God that which belongs to God. When you read Scripture in this context, knowing that the Constitution was framed around the Declaration of Independence – where over half the signers held seminary degrees, you can make the case that our Founders have a Biblical worldview and that it is our obligation to ensure that the Constitution remains the standard – not a “living document” that needs to be changed. On November 6, 2012 we will choose a worldview. The question of what is more important to us as Christians and Americans will be answered on November 7th: God’s blessing or His curse.
Choose Wisely, America.