So this will be the first of many rants that you hear from me.
Read it and let me know what you think.
People don’t like politics.
Plain and simple.
It seems like that unless you are a politician you don’t care.
And why should you? It doesn’t affect you right?
It affects you in every way of life.
I’m not kidding.
It affects what you eat, who you talk to, your religion, your friends, and your basic way of life.
Christians are really guilty of this because they know that God is in control.
I agree. God is in control.
Yet, Christians are mad when there are “people living in poverty and children are sold into slavery.” (to borrow the words to one of my favorite songs)
But they say God is in control and that He will take care of it when He is ready.
But did you ever think that maybe, just maybe, you are the “tool” he wants to use to change it.
God is powerful but all through scripture He used sinful men to do His work.
He uses mankind.
You cannot sit idly by, watching the world get crazier and talking about how horrible it is, when you are doing nothing.
You cannot ask God “why” and question how God could let these things happen when you have not even surrendered yourself to His purpose.
Do not question God. Instead ask Him, “what should I do?”
Although I’m not a huge fan of JFK, I’m going to borrow his words for a moment.
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
We are going to apply those words to our faith.
“Ask not what God can do for you, but what you can do for God.”
Profound right? Just kidding. But, let that sink in.
Do not sit around hoping that God will change the world and the society that we live in, when you do not even have the courage to stand up and tell someone what God says.
I know I may be a bit “harsh.” But this has to be said.
God’s Word has to be said.
Merriam Webster defines politics as – “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government.”
I am going to attempt to make a connection for you real quick.
Daniel 2:21 says, “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding…”
I’m going to take a leap here and say that God is in politics.
Yes, you read that right.
If politics is “influencing the actions and policies of a government” and God “removes kings and sets up kings” then God is in politics.
Daniel 4:17 says, “The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’
I want to highlight a specific part of this.
“…the Most High rules the kingdom of men…”
God is in control.
He’s got it.
But He wants people to give of themselves, so He can use them, to further His kingdom.
The problem I find most of the time is the “I don’t like politics” saying is most commonly used when a person needs either an excuse for not defending or standing up for someone else or it is used when they feel stupid about not knowing something they probably should have known.
I actually met two people a few days ago who did not know the name of our Vice President.
(It’s Joe Biden by the way)
They then said, “I don’t like politics so it doesn’t matter if I don’t know his name.”
Because the way I see it, if someone is making laws and dictating how you live (and in some cases, if you live) you should make the effort to at least know their name.
I believe a large issue is that many people feel like politics is boring and not worth their time or they believe that they cannot make a difference.
I am heavily involved in the pro-life movement so this will be my example.
I have talked to countless numbers of Christians who see an issue with abortion but they refuse to say anything.
“They don’t like politics.”
But with Christians you have to understand something.
Abortion is not a political issue. It is a moral one.
There are so many problems that face Christians and their reasoning is that they don’t like politics.
But you cannot and you should not turn a blind eye to issues that are uncomfortable.
That is an extremely selfish action to take.
Lives actually depend on your voice.
Christians need to stand up and say, “This is wrong. We need to change this.”
Even if you do not like all the things that come along with politics, most people do not by the way, you still need to use your voice.
Men and women have died for your right to have a say. Your right to vote, your freedom of speech, and your religious freedom all came at an extremely high cost.
It is an entirely selfish action to take when someone actually died for you to be able to do something and then out of personal comfort you choose not to do it.
On top of all of these reasons why you should be involved in politics there is this.
People complain about the leadership of their country even though they did not vote.
What they do not realize is that by their not voting, they gave someone who they might disagree with, double the power.
By not voting they gave away their rights.
Ronald Reagan was talking about the Soviet Union when he said this but it still applies to today.
“…(do not) remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.”
He was actually talking to a group of Christians when he said this. He knew that we are so likely to give up. We get comfortable with the way things are and forget that the fight for freedom never ends. It is a continuous battle that must be re-won every single generation.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan
In the end what I want you to take away is this:
Vote, stand up for your rights, and love God.