Does that stir in you some disgust? Have you already labeled me a Christian right wing lunatic before reading the rest of this post?
Sometimes a shock attack will help drive a point home. I don’t believe Jesus would have voted Republican or Democrat. When Jesus lived on earth he lived under Roman authority. No one had the opportunity to cast a vote. However, he did leave us his blueprint in how to deal with life here on earth and I believe that even means in our world of politics.
There was a time in this country that Christians were more outspoken in the political world. Some even used my title of this post. I think some were misusing Jesus and his words to preach a political message and many people were turned off to their political and religious opinions. Their intentions might have been good but their approach to it was divisive.
This leads me to the whole point of my post. Where does faith come in to the political world?
Every time an election year comes around, I have a few friends who tell me that they don’t vote their faith. I always have a hard time with that kind of statement. I don’t know how to vote and choose an appropriate candidate without including my faith. How does a person separate the two? My faith mixes into everything in my life or least it should.
I think we have taken for granted in this Nation that our freedom of religion has the opportunity to impact our vote.
Here are my questions related to faith in politics:
If a person does not make political choices based on their faith, does that mean if they did they would vote differently?
Have certain Christians ruined the impact the faith community can have on politics because they chose to drive home their own message without the love of Christ in it?
For me it isn’t about a political party. It is about my faith and the privilege to live in a country that allows me to take my faith to the polls. Now I know that a certain party or candidate will not completely represent my faith but I must choose who or what I vote for by standing on my Christian principles.
So my question is for all those believers who don’t vote your faith. Why not?
When it comes to faith and politics I think the best way to sum it up is from a recent article I read:
Everyone needs reminding: Jesus is not a side. Jesus is a side. Nobody owns Him; He owns us, whether we’re members of His official fan club or not. To the right He says, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” And to the left? “If you love Me, you will keep my commandments.” To all of us, He says, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross.” That’s the challenge for left and right: Are we beating a drum, or dragging a cross? (Cheaney, Janie B. “Your Jesus and mine.” WORLD March 2012: 24-31)
I am going to take my faith to the polls whether it has any impact or not. I know that it has to be not only with strong conviction but with love for the other side. Who I vote for has just as much meaning as how I vote and share the message of my faith in the political world. I don’t want this blog to ever be about beating my own drum. I want it to be about dragging the cross of Christ even through the controversial political world.