One final post regarding politics. This is the last one. Really.
C.S. Lewis once said that human beings live forever, while the state is only temporal. Because of this governments of any sort should have far less significance for the Christian.
Lewis added, “He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.”
When it’s all said and done, can we say we acted like the Body of Christ? Can we say we demonstrated loving concern, even those that we may not agree with politically? Even those in the Church with whom we may not agree?
That is clearly a much higher consideration than who is ultimately elected.
But here’s why I am sharing this with you: When historians write the story of 21st century America — assuming Jesus tarries a bit longer — what will they say about us? That we had a preoccupation with politics? That we were more focused on maintaining our comfortable lifestyles than on heavenly matters? That we spent more time talking about politically conservative issues than we did praying for our neighbors?
See, too much of the Church has bought into the affluent lifestyle, that we almost take for granted today in this country.
Former missionary, Lesslie Newbigin, said:
“If the gospel is to challenge the public life of our society, if Christians are to occupy the ‘high ground’ which they vacated in the noon-time of “modernity,” it will not be by forming a Christian political party, or by aggressive propaganda campaigns…. It will only be by movements that begin with the local congregation in which the reality of the new creation is present, known, and experienced, and from which men and women will go into every sector of public life to claim it for Christ, to unmask the illusions which have remained hidden and to expose all areas of public life to the illumination of the gospel.” (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/tent-making-is-not-second-class)
Wow! I think Lesslie is exactly right.
What if we acted more like Christians who truly care about people, rather than those who make derogatory comments about everything we don’t embrace? What if we loved as God loves?
(No this does not mean that we don’t speak of – or even confront – sin. But Jesus often did that in way that was amazingly disarming, didn’t He?)