Political Faith

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Scripture Resource Passage: Hebrews 12:14-29. I highly recommend you read the Scripture passage before reading the blog–just a thought.

Earth’s hope resides in the truth Who is Messiah. Governments come and their governance passes away. Civilizations are built up, and then except for a few structures and possibly a potsherd or two, they almost disappear—the stones crumble. Earth’s hope resides in the truth Who is Messiah.

It is election season in North America. Our world would benefit, and the Kingdom possibly be hastened, with a generation of politically skillful citizens bringing Christ’s ethics to the arena. A prayer for such disciples, highlights today’s citizenship reminder in this spiritual reflection (Matthew 9:38).

Attack ads and ones which simply encourage you to “Vote for me,” appear on street corners and artificial-intelligence-informed media platforms. They (the unnamed demographers) know who you are and have identified your interests. Check out a documentary, The Social Dilemma now featured on Netflix, if you choose not to believe what is known about you.

Extremists and legitimate candidates all vie for our attention. To whom shall we listen? “Me, me, me!” Whoever shouts longest and loudly wins? Every failed system will melt into the ground. Check out Psalm 2 for a solid insight.

Given the failings of each form of human government (and to date each form has failed) disciples of Jesus rest upon this stupendous promise: “…we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken…” (Hebrews 12:28). Today, the distinction of citizenship in the public arena, living in a most secular city, invites your response. 

Morality, holiness and divine wisdom are called for in each political level of public service. Your challenge is presenting God’s wisdom. Imagine a world with 10,000 champions for God’s holiness, justice and mercy in our leading-political offices—we can only imagine. 

Many disciples have tried to be politically influential. From the fabled utopia like societies, to the individuals who abandoned the ship of state and fled to the desert, many capsized their faith in the Slough of Despond. Today, who will enter the political arena, not as a moral majority, but as disciples of Christ Jesus? Who are you and will you answer God’s invitation? We need you.

While disciples live today in the Kingdom of God, there is also a fulfillment of the Kingdom yet to come. O Lord, hasten the day—until that hour, conscientious committed Christ-followers are desperately needed in the political arena. There are vacancies at all levels, waiting for disciples to rally in response.

Life Applications

  1. As a testimony I acknowledge that both my father and father-in-law served in the military during World War II. In honor of their service to our country our family always votes. Do you have a personal reason for voting and does this reason help you during this election cycle?
  2. Do you as a disciple of Jesus believe there is a godly purpose for government?

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

2 thoughts on “Political Faith

  1. In regard to your first point of application… one of the main reasons I vote is the same as yours. Both my parents were veterans of World War II. Those who are apathetic about their privilege to vote are tramping on the graves of all those who gave their lives for the freedom that we have to advance Christ’s Kingdom.

    In regard to your second point of application… Yes.

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