Last night I had the pleasure of participating in a political debate. It was even more entertaining when I found out that one side of the argument was only playing the devil's advocate and pretending to be on the opposing view. It's insane how passionate everyone is about their political views.
I am no different. I am very passionate about politics - but I don't really participate in any arguments. Here is why:
Jesus had an open door to be a political figure. In fact, that's what many of His followers thought He was! But He chose not to be. If He was involved in politics at all, it was as an ambassador for His heavenly kingdom. I don't need to remind any theologians that Jesus mingled with tax collectors - who were the political enemy of the day - and told everyone (in Matthew Chapter 22) to be faithful in paying taxes - even if the government is one that you do not approve.
But God did give us a political assignment is scripture. Many of you know one of my favorite scriptures, Jeremiah 29:11, "I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you; to give you a hope and a future..." But earlier in that very chapter, we are given the circumstances in the midst of this wonderful promise. God's chosen people have been LED into captivity. They have been carried away as captives of Babylon. So what does God tell His people to do about this terrible oppression?
"And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace (Jeremiah 29:7)."
In the midst of our heated political debates, let us remember that we live in a country that is blessed to have compassionate people leading us. That's right... I believe our leadership is moved to their beliefs out of compassion... And I believe those who oppose them are moved by compassion as well. Even on the heated debates such as abortion and the sanctity of marriage. For example... On abortion, the pro-lifers are moved by their compassionate for unborn children, the pro-choicers are moved by their compassion for women. Neither side is going to communicate with the other until they can accept that fact...
I believe there is a perfect kingdom waiting for me. Until then, I will be more concerned about showing the love of God to sinners - like Jesus did.
I leave you with a quote from one of the most beloved politicians in history, Winston Churchill:
"If you are 20 and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are 40 and not a conservative, you have no brain."