Fayth told me to introduce myself. So like, I'm Kensey. I'm an extremely opinionated college student. And if I were you, after reading that last statement, I’d probably bail on this post now because I actually despise listening to the majority of that sect of people. But before you go, just know that I’m a conservative opinionated college student, so everything that I say isn’t built on an entitled, egocentric attitude mingled with inexperience and historical ignorance. Instead, this post is built on a God-given passion for looking at history through a humanitarian and perennial perspective. One that emphasizes the significance of the acceptance and rejection of Biblical values (admittingly, this post is also blessed with a sprinkle of inexperience, which could arguably just make it inspiringly naive and hopeful, rather than paranoid and cynical). Specifically, this post discusses the political aspect of history and how it relates to American Christians today.
Now, I’m not gonna blow your mind and detail every political, controversial topic of the day and tell you how you should vote. You figure all that out on your own or PM me if you’d like some help. LOL. No, instead, I’d like to discuss how you and I as Christians, should view politics as a general topic. And that brings me to my point.
If you really wanna know how a Christian should view politics, then more than anything you should consider how God views politics. Now I know your pastor has probably told you that politics doesn’t have a place in the pulpit. Well, I beg to differ. Politics certainly has its place in the Bible and God definitely has His place in politics. (if this statement makes your Separation of Church and State buzzer go off, then please PM me right away- I’ll help you out with that too). Let’s look at that place in the Bible now. Let's look at Samuel.
Now, I’ll be brief. God was so concerned with politics, that when Israel first demanded a new system of government in 1 Samuel, chapter 8, God said, “okay, fine. You might not want me to guide you, but you’re my people, so I get to pick the guy who does.” So God spoke to the prophet Samuel and appointed Him as the man who would anoint the first King of Israel. God even gave Samuel the discernment to know who to anoint, and Samuel prayed. With God’s guidance, Samuel sought Israel’s king, and when Samuel found him, he offered that man Godly counsel.
Why would God do all of this? Why would He go through so much trouble to select a righteous leader for His people? Why does God care about who sits on the throne- or in the Oval Office? Um,because God is wise, and He knows that leaders have influence- influence over people that God loves infinitely and whom He has created to walk in His ways for His perfect purpose. We have evidence of this. If you read through the books of Samuel and those of Kings, you’ll find that God was mindful to mention the condition of the heart of Israel’s kings through a long period of their history. And along with that, God also mentioned the heart of the people as a result of their leader’s influence. So, if the king was wicked, the people would be wicked too… However, if a righteous king came along and repented of the nation’s sins, then the people would follow suit and repent too. Have we, America, not had experience of how ONE leader can turn an entire nation against God? …..
So why care about politics? I think it's pretty clear. Because like it or not, our founding fathers didn't sign us into an anarchy (I know, I'm bummed too.) Instead, they declared us a representative government, in which politicians are our leaders. And if we want our nation to turn back to God, then we as Christians must be like Samuel. We must pray for the discernment to select Godly leaders who can inspire the heart of our nation to honor God again. Before we can fix our economy, our taxation system, poverty, or our foreign policy, we as Christians must diligently seek and support leaders who can reflect God's counsel, compassion, and wisdom in each and every political issue. Hey, we must seek God's counsel and wisdom in each and every political issue. That's all I'm sayin’.
Thanks to Fayth for letting me ramble and for being my friend. Sorry I could not condense this to 2-3 paragraphs. Sorry for any sass that may have slipped into this post. But seriously, thank you so much for this opportunity. I feel cool now.