What About Politics?

What About Politics?

Consider this... Maybe politics, which is often seen as a fight for power, can also be a platform for hope, help, and change. It is easy to become disillusioned with the current state of affairs, with the divisiveness and corruption that often dominate the political landscape. However, as believers, we can find hope and inspiration in the scriptures, which provide guidance and wisdom for navigating the complexities of the political world. Let us look at the topic of politics from a biblical perspective and explore how it can be a means for positive change in our society.

The Apostle Paul, in Romans 13:1, instructs, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God." This scripture has been a cornerstone for understanding the Christian's relationship with political systems. It suggests a divine order in the establishment of authority, urging believers to respect and comply with government as a matter of conscience and as a reflection of their submission to God.


However, this does not imply blind allegiance or the endorsement of policies that contradict the teachings of Jesus. The same Bible that counsels respect for authority also champions justice, mercy, and love. In Micah 6:8, we are reminded, "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." This verse calls us to engage with political systems in a way that promotes fairness and compassion, aligning our actions with God's heart for humanity.


Moreover, the life of Jesus provides a model for how to navigate political and cultural landscapes. He did not seek political power but instead served the marginalized and challenged the status quo with a message of love and redemption. Philippians 2:3-4 encourages us to "do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others." This mindset can transform political engagement from a pursuit of personal gain to a pursuit of communal well-being.


In a world where politics can often lead to division and despair, we are called to be agents of hope and reconciliation. By grounding our political interactions in biblical principles, we can navigate the cultural complexities with wisdom and grace, always pointing to the ultimate hope found in Jesus Christ.


Christian Life Conversation


James: "I'm feeling overwhelmed by the political tension in our community, Jennifer. It seems like every conversation is a potential battleground."

Jennifer: "I understand, James. It's tough, but remember what we learned in Romans 13:1 about respecting authority. We can stand for what's right without adding to the strife."

James: "True. It's just hard to see how we can make a difference without getting caught up in the conflict."

Jennifer: "Well, Micah 6:8 reminds us to act justly and love mercy. Maybe we start there—by being examples of justice and compassion in our own circles."

James: "That's a good point. It's like what Jesus did. He didn't seek power; He served others and brought hope."

Jennifer: "Exactly! And Philippians 2 tells us to look out for the interests of others. Imagine if our political discussions were more about serving than winning."

James: "That would be refreshing. It's about bringing God's love into the conversation, isn't it?"

Jennifer: "Absolutely. Our ultimate allegiance is to Him, not to any political party or ideology."

James: "So, we engage with love and humility, trusting that God can work through us to bring about change."

Jennifer: "Yes, and we trust in God's sovereignty, no matter the political climate. He's our hope, not the systems of this world."


Bible Verses

  • Romans 13:1: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God."
  • Micah 6:8: "He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."
  • Philippians 2:3-4: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others."

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