If there’s anything Christians need to learn, it’s that they can’t let their political narrative affect their faith.
Hate to break it to you – actually I don’t – but your political worldview doesn’t add up with your Christian one. You might think it does, but it’s just the conforming we all do to our Christian beliefs so our politics fits snugly in.
The reality is that Jesus was apolitical. Give to Caesar what is Caesar, obey authority, but ultimately obey God over man made law.
Before I dive deeper into this concept, this interaction between Israel and Joseph over blessing Joseph’s sons in Genesis 48: 17-20 caught my attention…
When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.” So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, ‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.'” Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
See how Joseph had his own plans; man made plans?
This story is one of conflict between man and God. Conflict we all encounter and suffer from.
We have to be open and willing to let God work despite our political worldviews. More importantly, we need to be aware of how easily our political worldviews pervert our faith. Proverbs 3:5-6 highlights this wonderfully…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Romans 12:2 hits it on the head as well…
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
As humans we are easily manipulated (by our own desires and others) to think that we know the will of God. As Christians, we let our personal biases, beliefs, and culture influence how we see God working in our lives. We paste our frustrations, likes, dislikes, and prejudices onto God.
We might think our political desires align with the gospel, but they don’t. We might think this or that policy is God-honoring, but it’s not. We might think implementing “Christian policies” is an honorable goal, but it’s not. We might think a candidate is the “Christian” option, but they’re not.
We think we can find the “Christian candidate.” That’s what disturbs me.
Ever stopped to think that maybe God has a bigger plan than politics, or a nation?
What if God told you America was going to disappear in the next five years?
What if God told you America was never a “Christian nation”?
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What would you do?
If you replied to that last question with, “Well Christianity isn’t compatible with Communism, so it wouldn’t happen,” then congrats. You just proved my point.
God isn’t rooting for your team.
You’re supposed to be rooting for his, and his team doesn’t fit into political boundaries.