Politics in Churches|
Avoiding the Subject?
Q. How come you'll write about monetary issues and economics but you won't write about the current political administration?
Thanks for your question - I'll bet others would like to ask this, too. I know it's frustrating. Sometimes we'd like to write about our political viewpoints. But, we try to keep our articles focused on Biblical issues.
The Bible speaks a lot about finances and inflation in the past or in the future. For example, the Black Horse from the book of Revelation speaks of terrible hyperinflation coming upon our world:
…"I looked and behold, a black horse - and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, 'A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius - and do not damage the oil and the wine.'" (Revelation 6:5-6, NASB).
A denarius was a day's wage. So this passage means that a man will work all day just to barely feed himself. Forget about providing shelter and adequate food for families. Forget about college tuition, retirement savings, or a stock market investment. It is a time of severe hardship.
Cashless Society&Bio Chips
Surprisingly, the Bible also speaks of a cashless society where citizens will be required to be "tagged" to buy or sell anything. This "tag" will express and reinforce loyalty to the antichrist. Many think this "tag" may actually be a micro chip starting to already gain popularity for our pets and livestock and in the near future for the elderly and children. The Bible says,
"And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:16-17).
For those who refuse to take the "mark," life will become terribly difficult. Imagine not being allowed to do normal banking, checking, or buying food at grocery stores.
Democrats, Republicans, Torries&Whigs
However, in answer to your question I don't see the Bible speaking about the Obama administration or the Democrats - at least not in current language. Do you? We don't read about Republicans or Democrats in Scripture.
For that matter neither does the Bible speak about Whigs and Torries or any other current or past political system. At best, we find the prophet Daniel or the Apostle John revealing that our current politicians and nations may be controlled by rulers of darkness. That's not something with which I want to get involved. (See Ephesians 6:12, Daniel 10:13 or Revelation 13:16, for example).
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12, ESV).
Besides, the divisions encouraged by the media and Congress are artificial constructs used to brainwash all of us and to keep us distracted from real issues. For some reason this is a terribly difficult concept to teach to U.S. church members.
So I repeat: there is nothing good or evil about either political party in our governmental system. We are not "superior" if we are Republicans and we are not "superior" if we are Democrats - despite what numerous citizens think.
To believe this is to promote factions and divisions that are artificially created. According to the Apostle Paul dissensions, divisions, strife and jealousies are "works of the flesh" (Galations 5:19-21). We are to avoid divisions and those who cause them!
Avoid Leadership Arrogance
"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, 'He traps the wise in the snare of their own cleverness.'…So don't boast about following a particular human leader" (1 Cor. 3:18-21, NLT).
Did you get that? …"don't boast about following a particular human leader."
The Apostle Paul says, "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2).
That is our aim through our online ministry, although we realize it may disappoint some who wish to publicize their own personal agendas.
Building on the Right Foundation
In 1 Corinthians 3 Paul warns us against divisions and factions. Instead we are to build on the foundation of Christ's lordship and redemptive work. Only then will we develop character and do those things that will earn us a reward at the judgment seat of Christ.
Any other pursuits - including petty politics - are useless and temporal.
"If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men" (Romans 12:18).
We cannot be in peace with one another if we continue to engage in political bickering. Can we? The only way to stop it is to refuse to engage in argumentative communications.
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3:2, ESV).
We set our minds on things above because "our citizenship is in heaven" (Phil. 3:20). Our political party is the Kingdom and our ruler is the Lord! "Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end" (Isaiah 9:7).