I used to call myself a Republican and more recently I’ve taken to calling myself a Conservative. Over the course of the last year, I think I need to not identify myself as belonging to any political ‘movement’ of any kind. It may be that the reason you’re reading this post is you are giving consideration to the same.
Conservatism and Christianity
If you’ve made a thorough and honest reading of the Bible, you’ll note something: God cared a great deal about His creation, particularly mankind. We are created in His image. He loved us enough to die for us.
It is in the example of Jesus that all Christians should be measured. He didn’t belong to a political party. He didn’t belong to a political movement. There’s only one instance that comes to mind when Jesus involved himself in a political discussion. When asked to get involved in the political matter of taxes, He said “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and the things that are God’s to God.”
God cares about your politics because how you vote affects how your fellow man, for whom Christ died, is treated in this world. Does He desire to be identified with your political party and political beliefs? No. He doesn’t. Jesus didn’t write the Constitution and although men of faith contributed to the birth of this nation and its founding texts, the Constitution isn’t found in the Canon of Scripture. It’s sad that so many Conservatives who claim the name of Christ, including yours truly, know the words of the Constitution better than the Word of God.
Would Jesus be as hostile to illegal immigrants in this country as you?
Would Jesus be as on fire for your Second Amendment rights as you?
Would Jesus be as enraged about additional taxation as you?
Would Jesus use as angry of a tone with the opposition party as you?
These are just questions to ask. There’s truth to the argument that some of the issues and tactics above are being used to bend the political environment from one of freedom of speech, religion, and expression to one which limits or seeks to eliminate the speaking of God’s Truth to a secular world. I get that.
There is good in fighting political battles, but if your demeanor and politics bring unnecessary harm to the Gospel, are you living out the Great Commission anymore? All I can do is be wise in how I deal with politics and politicians and act in a way in that is God pleasing and Gospel affirming. It’s a fine line.
“…be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16-23