Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Political Hypocricy

During this time of campaigning and voting I have come to notice a very disturbing thing; the devotion, dedication, and radical support that we give to a political belief we have.  This in itself is not what troubles me, but the contrast between one's political support and the support one gives  to God's Kingdom is astounding.  Regarding political beliefs and candidates, supporters go to extreme measures to spread that belief and encourage others to cast their vote in accordance to it.  In the past couple days I have seen political supporters going room to room 'Evangelizing' to others.  They know they will get snubbed in some instances, and persecuted in others; but because they hold so tenaciously to their beliefs, they spread it anyway.  When it comes to politics, we want to get everyone involved, we push for truth, and we are taken back when we are met with ignorance.  Why don't we do the same thing, or even more so, in spreading the Kingdom of God?  Which of the two are more important?

God's Kingdom is far superior to those of this world.  It contains all that is good, all that is beneficial.  In fact the cause of His Kingdom, and the purpose for which it stands is far more important than any standpoint in our political systems.  For it doesn't have to do with health care, retirement, or education; but with the very lives that we cling too.  God's Kingdom is eternal life, the most important and profound revelation..period.  If God's Kingdom reigned in this world, our silly political systems and candidates would be rendered obsolete.  All good things would be fulfilled, and we would not have to vote or argue to get something accomplished. Why are we not campaigning with the same zealous nature for God's Kingdom, when it is far more important, and far more effective than the things we are devoted to?

In general, people are more involved and more passionate about a political standpoint than they are about Christ.  This seems absolutely absurd.  I'm sure there are democrats and republicans who would willingly face persecution in regards to their political beliefs, in fact I know some; but when it comes to their religious beliefs they are too meek to step forward.  Why is that?  The one revelation that changes entire lives, that saves us from eternal damnation and grants us unity and happiness with a loving God, is shunned and hushed up. God's sacrifice to welcome us into His Kingdom should be at the forefront of our thoughts day in and day out.  How profound is the message of Jesus Christ and how beautiful and wonderful a thing it; truly it must be the greatest cause one can fight for. Sadly what we ought to do isn't always the same as what we are doing.  Is our understanding of God so limited that it holds less relevance to our lives and to the lives of those around us than politics?

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only the it cannot be is moderately important. - C.S Lewis

Clearly it is possible for humans to be passionate about something, to hold a belief that is so strong that they want everyone else to know about it and believe it as well.  God, Jesus Christ, needs to be this thing.  It is of the utmost importance.  Anything without God, even politics, is meaningless. Yet for many, belief in God is a private matter, one that should only be spoken of in church or at home. That is utter blasphemy, at best it is a product of ignorance, at worst it is an excuse to be lukewarm partaking in evil.  Christianity without Evangelism does not reflect belief in the God that is revealed in Scripture, nor does it stem from an understanding of His sacrifice for us. Spreading the good new is clearly tied up in following after Jesus.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:18-19

Now I do need to point out that it is important for us as Christians to be aware of our government, and to be responsible citizens within it.  But our political views should reflect God's will, not take precedence over our devotion to Him.  If we are involved with politics, it should be for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom of God; and it should be the revelation of Jesus Christ that pushes us to do so.  

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim and Earth and you get neither." -C.S Lewis