Politics, Good Or Bad?

Politics

Political ‘discussions’ go on all the time, everywhere a person goes. Turn on the tv to any channel and you will hear something about politics. Watch any tv show or movie and there will nearly always be some political point in it. Walk into the break room at work and someone is usually there giving a political opinion. Read the FB feeds and people are talking about something political, for or against. Some say it is bad, others say it is good.

Politics are a part of life. All politics are just the activities of a government or governing authority over a given area. Government is required. If no one is overseeing what is going on, there will be chaos.

Judges 21:25 New International Version (NIV)

25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.

There was a time in Israel when they had no king or ruler. It was right after God had stopped using various people to be judges (rulers) to guide and lead the people in what God wanted for them. During this time that they had no one lead them, everyone did what they wanted. It would bring chaos to the nation.

When everyone is doing whatever they want to do, there is chaos. There is no rules to go by, so anything goes.

Political Chaos

Many today want this kind of life. They want to be able to do what they want, when they want, and how they want, regardless of how it affects anyone else. This is what the world tries to call true freedom.

Now comes the problem for many Christians, how much should they be involved with the politics of their city, state, nation? Some are on the front lines, fighting hard for Christian beliefs and principles. While others refuse to even vote or have anything to do with any politics.

There are good points and bad points about whether or not to be involved in politics. There are pros and cons about being involved with politics. A lot of what makes it good or bad is the focus. Why are you involved or not involved? If you are involved, what is your purpose? If you are not involved, what is your purpose?

Romans 13:1 New International Version (NIV)

13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

One of the most common arguments that many believers state about not being involved in politics is that the government is corrupt and not following God. They state that they only follow God and not man.

While it is true that you should follow God, that does not mean you do not obey man. God has placed every person in authority that is currently in authority. The difficult part for many, is this also means that person that is in leadership that does not follow God and does everything that is against God’s ways. Those that are in authority are to be obeyed. The only time you have permission from God to not obey those in authority, is if they are telling you to do something against His word.

Acts 5:29 New International Version (NIV)

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!

Peter had been taken in by the authorities, some of whom were of the temple of God, and told not to speak about Jesus in public. His answer was that he must obey God first. This is the only time that disobedience of public authorities is acceptable according to God’s word.

Obey God Over Man

Now the question comes as to how much a person should be involved in politics. Should a Christian be on the front lines pushing for rules to be passed that honor God? Should a Christian be fighting against policies that do not honor God?

Jesus never got involved with any politics. He was focused on doing what God had sent Him to do. Outside of paying His taxes, the Bible does not show Jesus doing anything politically.

Does that mean that a Christian should not be a part of any political party or decisions?

There is no straight answer on that question. You must find out what God has for you to do in this life. The first, and most important thing for you to do in this life is be a witness of who Jesus is and what He has done and can do.

Jesus called the disciples to be His witness:

Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Is that your primary focus in your life? Or is your focus to change the political scene?

Standing against bad policies will only do so much, then it will fall short. All the policies against sin will never change a person’s heart. The only one that can do that is Jesus.

If every person who claims to be a believer was to go out and make disciples of Jesus, how much would the world be changed?

Be My Witness

If every where disciples were being made on a daily basis, those who get into political positions would be believers also. Believers in those positions can make a difference in the policies made.

Changing the heart of a person begins with getting to know Jesus. God will create a new heart in a person and change the way they do things. Outside of that, no one will ever really change, they will still be set for sin.

There is a place for politics in this world and believers have a place with politics. The issue is not whether politics is good or bad, but what you do with what you know. Politics should not be the main focus in the life of a believer. Bringing people to Jesus should be your primary focus, then if God leads you, be involved in the politics of your nation.

As you work in politics, your work should not mirror that of the world, one that crushes or demeans the other person to gain control or get your way. Many that are in the political world bad-mouth or climb over other people. They bash others to make themselves look good.

Every believer is to be a servant, building others up, not themselves. Work politics in the way God would–with love, compassion, and mercy. As you do that, you can allow God to change the lives of many people through you. Hearts can be truly changed, rather than just some more rules made.

Being A Servant

So it is not about whether politics is good or bad, but what is done with politics. How is it used to help others, and not about how it helps yourself. What can you do today to build this world to be better and more ready for Jesus’ return?

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Isaiah 49:6 A Big Job To Do

He says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

Once again, Isaiah speaks God’s word of a prophecy about Jesus. Jesus would not be just a servant to bring back the people of Israel, but would also be a light to the Gentiles all over the entire earth. In the Old Testament, God primarily worked with Israel and focused on them alone, although at times working with other nations. Once Jesus came, the focus then went out to every person around the earth. His final words to the disciples were to go into all the earth to be His witness.

Being a witness to one’s family and friends is the beginning of being a witness for Jesus. A person must be willing to reach out and be a witness to others. Although a person may have a lot of friends, there are many more people a person meets that he does not know.

Salvation is supposed to be for every person on this earth, not just a select few. The sad part is that many believers in the church do not even witness to their friends, much less to those they don’t know. They go to church and witness in the church, but never outside of the church.

All around you are people who are in the process of dying without knowing Jesus. They are on the road to dying without any salvation, because no one has told them that there is a problem.

Your job as a believer is to be a witness for Jesus wherever you go, to whoever you meet. Just being a witness to your few friends is not big enough, branch out, expand your territory. As you go through a store or some business, witness to every one you can. As you travel from one place to another, be a witness in all of your words and actions.

If you take the job of being His witness seriously, you will never run out of opportunities to be His witness. Only a very small portion of people in this world believe in Jesus, don’t let the rest die without a chance to know Him. Be His witness today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; and that God will show you ways to touch the lives of all you meet.

John 13:17 How To Be Blessed

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:17

Jesus and the disciples were sitting down to eat their last meal together before Jesus would be crucified. Suddenly Jesus gets up and goes to each of the disciples and washes their feet. He tells them that He, as the Teacher, had washed their feet and that they should do the same for each other. He also tells them that they are being sent out as His messenger. Now Jesus tells them that they will be blessed if they do the things He has told them to do.

Most people want to be blessed by God. When a person gets blessed by God or someone else, they are pleased. It usually means that someone is happy with them.

One of the things that Jesus stated that needed to be done in order to get blessed is doing the things He did. What are these things? They can all be summed up in that Jesus was seen going around meeting the needs of other people.

The first things people like to look at is the miraculous meeting of needs that Jesus did. Things like: healing the blind, the sick, raising the dead, and healing the injured. These are the supernatural things Jesus did.

Other things that people do not look so much at was the washing feet, and taking time to talk to strangers and eat with people. Washing feet was something that servants did, not the host, yet, Jesus did washed feet.

As you find ways to meet the needs of other people you will be blessed. You will know that you made someone’s day. Jesus will bless you for doing what He did.

Although today people do not have to have their feet washed when they visit someone, there are other ways to meet needs. You can bring some food to their homes, mow their lawn, watch their children, help clean their house, wash their car, and many other ways of helping. These needs do not always have to be large things, little things can make a big difference in the life of a person.

Who can you help today? What can you do, so that God can pour out a blessing on you?

I pray today that God will reveal ways you can meet the needs of others; that you will learn to be a servant to others; that you will put the needs of others before your own needs; and that you will be more like Jesus everyday.

Luke 1:38 Willing Acceptance

“I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38

An angel had just appeared to Mary. She was a single girl who was pledged to be married. The angel brings some interesting news. He states that she would have a child.

Mary had never been with a man, so this child would come by the power of God. It would be done by a miracle of God.

The amazing thing is how willingly she accepts this message.

Think about the implications of her having a child. She is a virgin and is pledged to get married to Joseph. If she becomes pregnant, in the eyes of the world, only one of two things must have happened: she was unfaithful to Joseph and slept around, or she and Joseph had slept together.

This type of situation would make her and Joseph look very bad. What kind of thoughts would be going through a church today if a single, young, virgin girl was suddenly pregnant in the church? The rumor mill would be running at full strength. Many would look down upon her and her parents.

Mary had to have known all of these things immediately upon hearing the angel’s message to her. Yet, she states that she is just a servant of God and may His word be fulfilled. She accepts the job of having God’s child outside of wedlock.

What can you get out of this? God will never ask you to have His child in the same way, but He may ask you to do something else that is just as crazy.

God may ask you to do something that on the outside looks bad or dangerous. It may be something that seems to put you and your family into great danger. The world, and even many in the church, will say don’t do it.

Are you a willing servant of God? Are you willing to do His desires? Are you trusting that His word be fulfilled in your life, no matter how crazy it is?

Trust God and serve Him. He is in control and knows what is best. Be like Mary in being His servant. Do not run or fear His desires.

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for you; that you will be led by His Holy Spirit; that you will not fear His plans; that you will be His servant; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 24:45-46 Being Faithful and Wise

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46

Jesus is talking about what the end times will be like. It will be a time when everyone is doing their own thing, not paying attention to the time. Now Jesus talks about the servant who is doing the correct thing.

In the workplace there are times when the boss will give a list of things for the workers to do, and then he leaves. While he is gone, he expects the directives that he has given to be followed.

Often there are some in the workplace who will then start to play and goof-off. One or more of the workers will not do much, while the rest do all the work. It appears that they are getting away with the playing.

Then, suddenly the boss reappears earlier than what was expected. Those who were playing then get into trouble with the boss. No one has a problem with this because they are supposed to be working, not playing.

Jesus likens this to the end of time and His return. He is the boss. All believers are the servants/workers. Some will be partying and not doing the work they are supposed to be doing and will be punished. Others will be working correctly and will be rewarded.

What is the work you are supposed to be doing for God? At a minimum it is being a witness and living for God. God has an individual plan of work specific to each person. He expects you to be doing the work He has given you.

Seek God to know what job He wants you to be doing. Now, faithfully do that work. Be wise and do not live your life for yourself. Live for God and for others. God will take care of you.

When Jesus returns or calls you home, may He find you being the wise and faithful servant.

Are you being wise and faithful today?

I pray today that God will reveal His work for you to do; that you will do the work God has given you to do; that you will be wise and faithful to Jesus; that you be His witness daily in everything you say and do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 20:26-28 Be a Servant

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

A mother of some of the disciples came to Jesus asking that they could sit at His sides in His kingdom. Jesus stated that it was not His decision to make. Then He tells them that He did not come to be served but to serve.

People in the world are usually looking for ways to get things and be served. All over the USA people are asking what the government can do for them. Men and women like to be served.

In the workplace, many people want to be in a supervisory position so that they can be served. Most people do not like to be at the bottom of the ladder, doing the serving.

In the church, people want the glory positions that everyone sees. Most do not like to be the one to clean the bathrooms, or sweep and mop the floors. They would rather be in the teaching, leading position.

Yet, would you want to go to a church that had filthy dirty floors?
I know I would not. Someone has to be the one to do the “dirty”, unseen work. That unseen work is what makes a difference in the place.

Jesus stated that you are to serve in order to be great. He even went to the point of being a slave to someone in order to be the first.

The whole purpose Jesus came to the earth was to die for you and everyone else. That is not a picture of being served, but of serving.

Ask God how you can serve someone today. Get rid of the pride in your life, and become the servant. In God’s eyes you will great.

There are many ways you can serve another person. Be willing to serve those you are close to, those you don’t know, and even those you do not care for. God will use you in great ways if you are willing to serve.

I pray today that God will show you ways you can serve others; that God will fill you with His love for others so you can serve them; that God will strengthen you and redeem your time; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Matthew 12:18 You Are Chosen

“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:18

Matthew talks about how Jesus was going around healing many people. Then he quotes from Isaiah 42 the verses talking about Jesus.

Through Isaiah, God talks about Jesus. Jesus is called God’s servant whom God had chosen Himself. God stated that He would place His Spirit upon Him. The job Jesus would do, would be to proclaim justice to the nations.

Today people do not often think in terms of masters and servants. It is now boss and worker or employer and employee.

God, in a sense, is the boss of Jesus, while Jesus is the worker. God was very pleased in Jesus.

What makes a boss pleased with a worker? It is when the worker does the work required and does it with very little to no supervision.

Many times in the workplace, workers work really great while the boss is standing next to them. As soon a the boss walks away, the workers slack off and start to play. Good bosses know how good a worker is really working. They have a good idea of what is going on when they are gone. The results of the job will show for how they work.

Jesus is a reliable worker. God the Father could walk away and do something else knowing Jesus would do what He was supposed to do, regardless of how unpleasant the job would be.

How does this apply to you today? When you gave your life to Jesus, you also became a servant of God. You are now His worker.

Even though this verse is specifically about Jesus, could God say the same thing about you–that He has chosen you, takes delight in you and loves you. God has given you His Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. Every believer is supposed to live just like Jesus. Jesus set the example that you are to follow.

Are you doing God’s work, even when it is unpleasant? When God does not seem to be around?

When Jesus returns or life ends for you here on earth and you stand before God, will God be able to say “Well done good and faithful servant, come on in”?

I pray that you will be faithful in what God has given you to do; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that you will allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit; that God will be able to take great delight in you; and that God will use you to build His kingdom today.