I find it difficult to pluck up enthusiasm about
If a fellow Christian wants to rebuke me and exhort me to vote, based on the idea of responsibility then I better take it like a man, and start familiarising myself with the candidates and the issues, and respond to that brother’s correction.
But I’m afraid I still say: I find it hard to pluck up enthusiasm about politics.
And that is because I see two kingdoms in existence.
A natural kingdom and a spiritual kingdom.
I see also that I have rendered The King of kings very limited service. And so in what time I have remaining – I want to ‘seek FIRST…’ this spiritual kingdom.
But I realise that for those of us who are followers of Christ, we must find God’s will – individually, and we each are answerable individually – for how we use our time, thought-life, and ministry.
If ‘seeking first the kingdom’ means you have heard the command of the King to put your hand to some political plow, then who am I to say otherwise?
What a great challenge though – when it comes to politics – you must not only have a myriad of opinions on a myriad of issues but you must manifest the savour of Christ.
II Corinthians 2/14.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.
In all you say and do there is the added realisation that you do not wrestle with your political opponents but with principalities and powers…
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
And in all your deliberations you must manifest tolerance and compassion and show the same Amazing Grace that has been shown to you, whilst ‘debating’ with those of a different persuasion.
You must stand for what is right and wrestle with all the grey areas that this world’s quota of God-forsakers has cast up through violation of God’s principles.
You might think that I’m speaking from experience in politics?
Just thinking of what is expected of me in my everyday life, which thankfully does not include constantly having to face those who oppose my beliefs, never mind on top of this – my political beliefs. As would be the case for someone working in politics.
I am instead seeking revelation of truth regarding such scriptures as the one I am now closing with:
II Timothy 2/4
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
I guess each Christian has to outwork his own salvation on a scripture such as this.
For those who have to walk the political trail, every blessing, as you have a great challenge to face, as you also set yourself to ‘walk in the Spirit…’