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Politicial Views and The Body of Christ

Politics Season, you either love, hate it, or endure as a necessary evil like I do laundry.  I will confess that I really enjoy politics and political discussion.  I like thinking about issues, how they affect people’s lives and what they mean for our country as a whole. I enjoy listening to intelligent conversation about politics. Maybe it is because I spend most of my time with people 10 and under and I crave any conversation on an adult level. I think the reason I enjoy it though is that I love people and politics do effect people’s lives.

It will come as no surprise to people who know me well that I vote politically liberal.  I believe that health care is a necessity and a right that should be enjoyed by all, I do not think it affects the sanctity of my marriage if two homosexuals are allowed to marry, and I believe that economic policy should look after everyone not just the people who can afford to influence it.

If you are reading this and you vote politically conservative I hope that you will continue to read this. I want to tell you what I am not. I am not godless or stupid, nor do I believe that nobody should have to work and that everyone should have the same results in life.  Or whatever else the line on us “lefties” is. I also want you to know that I know as a conservative that you are not cruel, heartless, stupid.or selfish, as people on the left might try to portray you.

As Christians we have a long history of disagreement. We often disagree on issues like, predestination, baptism, what communion is and who should receive it, and of course the role of women in ministry. These are all big important issues that we have found ways to disagree on but still (usually) function together as The Body of Christ. Why is it that we assume we are all going to agree on our political views? Politics are complicated. One’s political views are often times personal and passionate. I know that for myself my political views are something I have spent a great deal of time praying and seeking counsel over. I am going to give you the same benefit of the doubt.

So, how is it that Christians can hold different views on politics if they are seeking to follow God? Doesn’t God have a clear view on things? Well yes, he does. However we are not God and our view is not his . God sees a much bigger picture of the world. One day we will share in that view (1 Corinthians 13:12) but that is not today. I think Romans 12 gives us an insight into how this works. “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have all the same function”. The fact is we live in a broken and fallen world with much work to be done. There is a lot of work to be done in the world we live in.  God has made us differently and given us different passions so that we can do his work in the world.  I am certain there are things in both political party platforms that God both approves and disapproves of.

Then if God has given us different views on things how do we live together and reflect him well in the world? There are two verses that speak to me on this.  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”  Philippians 2:3 and Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” How as members of The Body of Christ do we live together and reflect Christ well? We are humble.

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