Whether for the Christian to be involved in politics or not is an old question. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day wanted to trap Him with the question over whether He and the Jews should pay taxes or not. The story is recorded in Mark 12:13-17. If Jesus refused to pay taxes, then they could turn Him into the authorities as a tax delinquent and law breaker. If He did pay taxes to Caesar, they could accuse Him of paying taxes to a heathen and foreign ruler over Israel. Jesus knew they were trying to trap Him and said, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s” (Mark 12:17). By this Jesus was teaching that Christians should not keep out of politics by not doing their duties as good citizens.
Christians should get involved in politics as far as doing their civic duties: to serve on juries, to pay taxes, to vote, to support candidates they consider the best qualified. Christians are to bring God’s standards of righteousness and justice into public debate and into politics. They are supposed to express their views to government officials, all the way from school boards to the White House on moral issues.
And Christians should endeavor to walk at “peace with all men” (Heb. 12:14). Their loyalty to the established government and their exemplary citizenship will cause the onlooker to view their patriotism as above question. They are also commanded to pray for and respect all governing authorities (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Living a life that validates the Christian message, coupled with an earnest, tactful concern for the spiritual and material welfare of “all men,” fulfills God’s ideal for His children.
Although Jesus said that His kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36), Christians have the assurance that even the most difficult issues in politics are in the hands of a sovereign God who is ultimately the ruler of all.
In His service,
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