I have flown up and down political scales my entire, voting and non-voting life. The first time I could vote, I voted for Tim Pawlenty in the Minnesota Governors Race of 2006. In 2008, after a significant weight loss, I wasn’t allowed to vote because the person who saw my driver’s license didn’t believe me. Consequently, neither did a few police officers who pulled me over. I know that over the years I have seen great changes in both my personality, but, also in what I believe, and, what I think is best both for myself but also for others and all created life.
What is the significance of Christians in Politics?
Should we vote?
Should we honor separation of Church and State? Christians being the Church, Government being the state.
Does God want to reconcile government? Jesus says he wants to reconcile all things. Or does he want to have two separate kingdoms, the kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the Earth? Jesus also said that his kingdom is not of the world, so should we convolute both kingdoms?
Who are the voices we should listen to?
Christian Democrats follow the voices of voices like Jim Wallis and Tony Campolo. Wallis and Campolo are advocates for things like social justice and peace. And, this is the job of Christians to vote for these things because these are so strong in the message of Jesus. They are also for the human individual rights of others. These may not apply to Wallis and Campolo, but, some Christian Liberals are advocates for things like Gay Marriage, Anti-Death Penalty and Poverty. Things that fight for the rights of individuals.
Christian Conservatives follow the voices like Chuck Colson and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee and Colson believe in the sanctity of marriage, that marriage belongs to a man and a woman. They believe in Pro-Life solutions where we protect the individual value of a baby’s life. Some may take a Dietrich Bonhoeffer like stance, where we might need to end life to preserve a greater capacity to life. This is the point of the death penalty, and, a belief in a Just War.
A third group of voice can be found in theologian Greg Boyd and social activist Shane Claiborne. Boyd and Claiborne believe that it is not the job of Christians, Pastors and Churches who to vote for. Claiborne calls Jesus his Commander-In-Chief, that our allegiance is to Jesus before the country. Boyd wrote the very popular book Myth Of A Christian Nation, which explains that we need to keep the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the World separate. Boyd has been influenced by theologian John Howard Yoder who believed that Politics are the lowest form of social change, and, is the last effort for Christians.
So, do you vote?
Why do you vote?
How do you vote?
Why or why not are Politics important?
Do you think Jesus would vote? If he did, how would he?