Podcast: Christians and Politics

This week on the podcast, I want to talk about politics. I’ve never in my lifetime seen our nation so divided. Everything from the impeachment to just feeling like people from two different side of the political fence can’t even talk with each other. As the holidays wrap up I am sure some of you have felt some of this tension or even had some of those political discussions recently. So this week on the podcast we’re going to talk about how a Christian should be involved in political discussions and whether we should really be involved in politics at all. Let’s get into it!

  1. Never felt more divided
    1. a.     This week on the podcast, I want to talk about politics. I’ve never in my lifetime seen our nation so divided. Everything from the impeachment to just feeling like people from two different side of the political fence can’t even talk with eachother. As the holidays wrap up I am sure some of you have felt some of this tension or even had some of those political discussions recently. So this week on the podcast were going to talk about how a Christian should be involved in political discussions and whether we should really be involved in politics at all. Lets get into it.
  • Should we do politics?
    • Jesus never got involved in politics so neither should we.
      • Jesus also never married, never drove a car, never left Israel on a foreign mission trip, never built homes for people in need,
    • The bible never tells us to get involved in politics
      • We see that Paul did all that was in his rights to make an influence under the government
        • Romans 22- 23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, 24 the commander ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and interrogated in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this. 25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?”26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.”27 The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”“Yes, I am,” he answered.28 Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.”“But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied.29 Those who were about to interrogate him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.
        •  Romans 22:11-12 “If then I am a wrongdoer and have committed anything for which I deserve to die, I do not seek to escape death. But if there is nothing to their charges against me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar.” 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with his council, answered, “To Caesar you have appealed; to Caesar you shall go.”
  • Is it hurting your gospel message?:
  • Gospel should be #1
  • Stay in your lane.
    • I see those who involved in ministries posting more political defenses than Christian ones or Christian gospel messages.
    • If someone on the other side politically sees all of your posts about politics and then they see post about your Christian belief do you think the first thing to cross their mind is going to be “hey, well I agree with Noah on politics so maybe he is right about this Christianity thing” or do you think it’s going to be “well I disagree with Noah about politics so it should be no surprise that I think he’s wrong about this religion stuff too”
    • Is what I am saying or posting going to help me gain credibility with others to speak the gospel into their lives or lose it?
    • “it may be true that we need to get God back into this country, or get this country back to God, but it is wrong to assume that the government is a legitimate or an effective means of accomplishing this goal.
  • The christian message is not the same as your political party.
    • “For a Christian saying ”God is on our side or my country is right or wrong” is idolatry because that is making a god of ones nation. it is making patriotism one’s god as Jesus said we must always render on to Caesar the things that are Caesars not to God the thing that our God Ultimate allegiant belongs to God but God is not American.
  • If we are honest we know that there is no Christian party
  • We need to assume the best in others.
    • Liberals see the point in a wall as keeping people safe
    • Conservatives see the point of gun control to keep people safe
  • How do we do this?
    • Find middle ground
    • Listen to each other.
    • Ask questions
  • You lose credibility when:
    • You only criticize the other side
    • You make light of issues other side cares about
    • You make fun of the other side on issues.
    • You blow off issues that you don’t think are as important at even though there still may be something there.
      • Global warming
  • Rebelling against the government
  • Impeachment articles:
  • So summary:
    • We should be involved in politics
    • We need to make the gospel our #1 goal
    • Our words on politics should always be seasoned with the thought of “will this help me to share the gospel message with others more or less”
    • We should be willing to criticize polititians and politics on either side
    • We should be willing to praise politititians and politics on either side
    • We should be willing to talk about all issues not just the ones we personally think are Christian issues.
    • We shouldn’t make fun of people on the other side
    • Find middle grond.
    • Listen and dialogue.
    • We need to remember that there is no Christian party
    • We need to
  1. Veres:
  2. He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ -Luke 13:32
  1. “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
  2. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” – Romans 13:1-6
  • Slowing dialogue:

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