Are you a democrat or republican?
Are you an independent or libertarian? Where do you fall on the political spectrum, conservative or liberal? How does your politics inform your faith or vice versa?
It is not uncommon to hear Christians talk about how America was founded on Judeo- Christian principles. In fact, even our pledge of allegiance and money proves the point by stating we are “one nation under God” or “in God we trust”. Therefore, “God has blessed America and made it the greatest nation in the world!” Right?
Most conservative republicans today would say America has drifted away from God and that liberal politics is to blame, eroding at our Judeo-Christian heritage. If this is true, is America at risk of falling from grace and into apostasy? Is America at risk of losing God’s blessing? What does God have to say about the political world?
Here are three biblical truths to consider about God and America:
1. Recognize There’s Only One Nation Under God
Genesis 12:1-2 – The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
It is important to note that God has only chosen one nation to be His nation and that is Israel. This goes back to God making an exclusive covenant with Abram and picking the Jewish people to be his chosen people. The Old Testament records God’s journey with the nation of Israel and all the integral workings of a political theocracy.
As Christians, we must be very careful not to claim America as God’s nation. America is a democracy, not a theocracy and when Christians commingle American politics with the notion of being God’s nation, we are overstepping our bounds. Even though our forefathers applied Judeo-Christian values to establish our country, we cannot claim to be God’s nation.
Therefore, America is not at risk of “losing God’s blessing”. Instead, we are at risk of moral decline and reaping the damages of sin’s progression.
2. Remember “The Church” is a Spiritual Nation
Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
The birth of Christianity began a new people group called the church. The church is a spiritual nation of people not limited by physical or political borders. The church is both local and global, made up of individuals who have trusted Jesus as their savior regardless of economic, language, or cultural differences.
Therefore, as American Christians, we must have a global perspective when it comes to sharing the Gospel and caring for others. When we discriminate against other people groups based on their alignment to America, we have crossed a spiritual line and confused God with politics. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19a)
3. Vote for Jesus!
Matthew 5:16 – … Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Nowhere in the New Testament do we see politics mentioned as a way to bring about spiritual reform or change. Most New Testament Christians lived under the tyranny of an evil empire or were persecuted for their faith. We never see a call to political revolt, rebellion, or activism within the church. Instead, we are called to spiritual activism and shining the love of Jesus.
Today, American Christians have the freedom and opportunity to vote and influence a culture for the Lord. What does this mean in the voting booth? The simple answer is, vote for Jesus! Our faith should inform every part of our life at work, home, school, and even the voting booth. Politics for a Christian is all about being a witness for Jesus, not whether you are a democrat or republican. So double-check your politics with the Bible.
Having a passion for politics is fine, but make sure you don’t confuse that with a passion for Jesus.
It may come as a surprise but God is neither democrat nor republican. He isn’t even American!
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