God & Politics

October 16, 2016

 

What is politics? The origin of the word politics

  • The Greek word polis, means “city” or “community.”
  • Related word polītēs, means “citizen.”
  • Polis and polītēs have something to do with cities or communities or the citizens who live in them.

Politics is the activities that relate to influencing the laws, actions and leadership of a government for the purpose of governing and serving its citizens.

Being political means supporting and promoting ideas or strategies of a particular leader, group or party in politics. It is being active or interested in, or motivated by, politics.

“Politics is the science of good sense applied to public affairs; and as those are forever changing, what is wisdom today would be folly—and perhaps ruin—tomorrow. Politics is not a science so properly as a business. It cannot have fixed principles, from which a wise man would never swerve, unless the inconstancy of men’s view of interest and the capriciousness of the tempers could be fixed.”  Fisher Ames (1758-1808)

 

Can Christians be Politically Acitve?

Yes, we can—and we should!

Titus 3:1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.

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Christians are called to Submit

Romans 13:1 (NIV) Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. …they are servants of God

(v. 4 & 6)

 

Christians are called to Pray

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (NIV) 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior,

 

Christians are called to Honor

1 Peter 2:13-17 (NIV) 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
 

Politically Active Christians

  1. Accept governing authorities as servants of God.
  2. Submit to human authorities for the Lord’s sake.
  3. Pray for leaders and all those in authority.
  4. Live as free people, respecting and honoring everyone.

            Everyone who believes in God can do this!*

 

Titus 3:3-8 (NIV) At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

 

To influence politics in a positive way

Remember who we were…where we came from…

Remember Who changed us…Who can still change us…

Remember to be peaceful and honorable.

Remember Who is in control!

 

Jesus Christ is Our Ultimate Allegiance!