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Why Christians Might Want to Rethink Their Goals With Political Debate

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As Christians living amid one of the most chaotic election seasons of US history, there are a great many issues that appear to be in dire need of our attention.


Religious liberty is increasingly under attack. Unborn babies are being murdered by the hundreds of thousands annually. The violence that has been raging in our streets clearly involves people who are angry, hurting, and sorely misguided, in need of both severe accountability and life-saving Gospel truth.


Who we vote for seems to be of the utmost importance when we consider what is at stake as these two wildly opposing paradigms, far-left radical socialism and pro-America, law-and-order political conservatism, face off.


I firmly believe that there are a great many reasons why a Christian may be compelled to take part in the political process. The reason being, if we believe that God’s laws are truly moral, then we ought to do what we can to see that the law in our republic reflects His laws.


I’ve been very vocal and immersed in political issues for four years now for just this reason.


However, I, like many politically-oriented Christians, need to keep in mind what my ultimate goal is when I do participate in the political process. Or more specifically, the political discussion.


Which, since it’s 2020, is happening online, with strangers, who may or may not have heard the Gospel.


“Our nation has never been more divided.” How often do you hear these words these days?


We are proverbially at each other’s throats (or literally pummeling our ideological opponents, in the case of a horrific incident in Portland last weekend) and it’s easy to cloak our pride and bickering with a sheen of “defending the faith” just because the issues we care about are faith-adjacent issues.


Here’s the thing: so often we defend our own prideful, petty behavior when we believe ourselves to be doing just this, but what does it really mean to defend the faith, if we’re not ultimately aiming to preach the Gospel?


Think about it. If your political positions are defined by your faith, then shouldn’t your entire experience in the political sphere be governed by your faith as well?


You can’t claim to be defending God’s law if you’re hurling angry words at your neighbor about whether or not Americans should be forced to wear masks.


I get that it’s crazy out there, and the battle feels desperate. And this is a battle…but it is primarily a spiritual battle.


Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”


When we defend our politics, if we’re not ultimately geared towards preaching the Gospel, we are kidding ourselves. Our words are empty, our intentions prideful, and our battle…well, temporal.


There is a lot at stake in this campaign, including, it seems, the very future of our republic. But no matter who wins the election, there will still be lost souls in need of saving.


Don’t let your witness be something that is lost as you fixate on your candidate winning in November.