Politics & Prayer

Politics seem to raise feelings for most everyone.  The feelings cover a vast range of emotions.  They may be frustration, anger, injustice, or just plain withdrawal from it all.  Politics seems to build dividing lines among us whereby we say, “we don’t discuss politics.”  Then we use the visual of politics to describe other elements of leadership that we see.  For instance, we say of the schools, “they are just too political.” Or we declare of the church leadership team, “I just couldn’t support them because they are too political.”  So, the very idea of politics tends to turn us off quickly and we have no tolerance for any of it.

The Bible is full of politics.  It was political differences that led to the first sin.  Satan’s temptation was voiced with politics, “…God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  Webster’s dictionary says that politics is the art or science of government.  It would appear that Satan is tempting man to challenge God for governing this creation.  This is one event.  In Hebrews it says the angels will serve us.  This is another picture of politics even into eternity.  Paul tells us that no government rises into position unless God is involved (Romans 13).  What of David, Solomon and even the messianic text?  Politics radiate throughout the pages of the Bible.

So, what should be the mindset of the Christian during these times?  First, remember that God is in it.  Romans 13 is clear that government does not exist without God’s presence.  Next, pray for politics.  In 1 Timothy 2, Paul declares that we should pray in several ways “…petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made…for kings and all those in authority,…”  Also realize you have a gift that guides government from the lowest levels, your vote.  Pray and study as to your vote.  The voting booth should not be entered by the saint without surrounding it in prayer.  Your vote becomes a part of the political system at the roots of government.  Abraham Lincoln mentioned this in the Gettysburg Address, “…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Pray, study upon it and prepare to vote.

Bill