Stop Letting Politics Pervade the Church

Hey all, how has everyone been?

Currently, I’ve been very discouraged about several things, I also have been currently wanting to go live underground until the election is over and done with.

Everything is so politically charged right now, it permeates our conversations with fear and hostility to anyone who doesn’t share your same views. While politics are important, we forget about the bigger picture when we are focused on such earthly things like what man are we going to pretend is actually in control over anything for the next four years when God has always been.

In a season where people seem to care more about if you’re liberal or conservative than whether or not you’re a strong and faithful Christian, I’d like to say these few words: It is not the most important. We are not put on this earth for politics. 

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”-Timothy 4:2

Preach the word, not your political options.

If we let earthly things such a politics divide and discourage us as Christians, what are we showing the world? 

We are here to fight a different battle, stop fighting soldiers that are on your side. 

“No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”-2 Timothy 2:4

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”-1 Thessalonians 5:11

Politics from the pulpit is not edifying, politics in the pews is not encouraging. 

In the end, this world is not our home. No, there is nothing wrong with being patriotic, but don’t forget where your real citizenship lies.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,”-Philippians 3:20

Let’s stop losing sight of the bigger picture, we don’t belong in this world, we are not of this world. Let’s stop acting like we are.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”-Hebrews 11:13-16

A friend told me that my blog posts were so short that they were pretty much Facebook posts, and I guess that since today I mentioned politics it fits in even more into Facebook, except I didn’t tell you that you were a stupid, immoral person if you didn’t vote for the person I’m voting for and there were no immature memes.

I’m sorry that my posts are so short and not in-depth, but if I pretended that I knew everything and rambled on like I had more to say, I would just be wasting both of our time, so Facebook post or not, this is all I’ve got.

10 thoughts on “Stop Letting Politics Pervade the Church

  1. I want to say first of all that identity politics/the division is a disease and no one should live in a way that actively seeks to shove people apart. I fully agree with you on that.

    However. That being said, I have to say: Politics in our country go hand in hand with beliefs. I absolutely refuse to support any candidate who is in favor of abortion. I know plenty of people who I love dearly who would not agree with me on that point. While I love them, I cannot agree with them and I cannot compromise on that issue. There are certain other things that I refuse to compromise on, but the final verdict is this: sometimes, politics are truly part of right vs. wrong. If life and death are on the line, I will vote. Perhaps my vote doesn’t do much, but there is still my DUTY as both a Christian and a citizen to use my voice as much as I can.

    And on top of that… we must live for eternity, yes. BUT I would argue that living now affects eternity, and that our politics and the way we choose to tell people about it is part of that.

    We need to be kind. We can’t decide we hate people just because we disagree with them. But I think politics have a place, and as long as we are not idolizing them, our identity as a Christian is not demolished by fighting for a better world. As long as the causes we’re venerating honor Christ, and we do it to his glory, there is a place for them. And I think that if MORE people who truly love God and want to honor him were talking in that field, there would be better progress and more kindness.

    Just my two cents, but I wanted to mention that 🙂

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    1. I think anyone who is reading the Bible can and should apply the morals to their lives, it becomes a problem when people are aware of our political beliefs before they are aware of our spiritual one.Earthly things should not define us, the world isn’t our home in the end (Matthew 6:19-21). While yes, politics are important while we’re here, we cannot forget our overall purpose.

      A really good article I read a while back is this one:
      https://www.focuspress.org/2020/07/27/americas-divide-has-invaded-the-church-how-will-we-stop-it/

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    2. I agree with you, Faith. There are topics that make politics important. You know very well how I am not very interested in the political side of things. But at the end of the day, what you vote for is part of where your heart is and God sees our hearts above all else.

      If we vote for corrupt, immoral things, then we have condemned ourselves.

      interesting that as soon as abortion is mentioned, no one wants to talk about it or address it. They don’t address it, they just ignore that part of it. More and more I’m seeing the church fail at addressing issues such as this. instead, they concern themselves with how they look to outsiders and other people. Somehow the heart got lost along the way.

      Thank you, Faith, for bringing them to light. ❤ ❤

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      1. Well, I feel like my reply to this would basically be a copy and paste of my reply to Faith.
        Politics should never be what defines us instead of God’s word, politics shouldn’t be on our mind 24/7, we already know what should be: Psalm 1:2.
        That being said, as already stated in this post: Yes, politics are still important, just not as important as God or unity within the body of believers. One should be able to vote morally based off of the Bible just fine.
        I would say abortion isn’t political, it’s murder, that’s the category it falls into. Any strong congregation speaks against murder, especially of the murder of the innocent unborn, that is not politics, that’s general morality. If you want to listen to sermons on this issue, this is a good resource: http://media.tullstar.org/?p=topic&id=198
        I know my congregation has done several sermons as well if you’re ever interested in those recordings also.

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  2. I think this post was a good reminder — and you know that I am super interested in politics :)) I guess because I’m not America, I don’t get the full brunt of how difficult and divisive it can be? I’m just this fascinated outsider??

    So just interested to know you opinion, but what do you think is a Christian’s right response/duty in an election season like this? Not talk about politics/explain their views with lots of kindness and respect/try to spread their opinion and convince people/just vote but not talk about it/etc???

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    1. I don’t think there’s any problem in being interested in politics or being political overall, but it becomes a problem when it does become divisive and immature, especially in the church.

      If we are talking about anything more than God, there is a problem, this includes politics. As Christians, we are called to love and spread the truth of gospel, yes, those things can morally be applied to who you vote for (abortion and other moral issues, etc), however, there is a time and a place for such discussions and if they cannot be done in a mature way and it causes brothers and sisters who are on the same spiritual side to view each other as enemies, then it shouldn’t be done at all. Romans 12:9-12

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  3. I like this length of post! And I agree — mostly? I think it’s important that we remember what really matters, but there’s nothing wrong with sharing your political opinions respectfully (maybe even in church sometimes).

    Personally I really enjoy talking/thinking about politics, but since this post is more about /not/ doing that, I’ll stop here and say thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Thank you! Overall, I agree with that, however, we should always take a step back to prevent strife and I see a lot of meaningless strife being caused over politics and good people forgetting that they’re on the same side in the overall fight. :))

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  4. Totally agree with you, Grace, and I love shorter, more to-the-point posts when they’re about deeper things instead of long lullaby-like posts that have a bunch of meaningless words in them…you’re great with making every word count and your post length is just fine ❤️

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