We have two sets of friends that we have always wanted to put together in the same room:
Set A is classic U.S.A. Republican party, and they worship George W. Bush. The world ended on the day he left the White House, and if they believed in saints, George would be greater than Peter.
Set B is pure Democrat. They don’t need to believe in saints, because Barack Obama is equivalent to, or greater than, Christ.
Ironically, we think they would get along famously together, as long as one didn’t mention the name of their respective human Messiah. So focused is each set on the marriage of political beliefs with God’s way of doing things, that they can’t separate the two.
While the tenets of Christianity transcend politics, too many people are caught up in the sniping and snapping at one another to realize that, in reality, we’re being played off of one another. Whether it’s Larry King or Bill O’Reilly talking, their primary goal is to agitate listeners and increase traffic — and we’re falling for it.
Please read the rest at my Commonsense Christianity blog at BeliefNet, Christianity Is Not a Political Party.
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Much truth here Carolyn. I think politics are everywhere. It’s part of our sin nature to take sides, win votes, and influence people to match our platform. It’s easy to understand, when we look at it closely, why God wanted His people to live under Him without naming a king. It really hasn’t gotten any better with time. Won’t heaven be awesome. Finally under our one true King!
I agree, Deb — life under one compassionate, merciful King!
I think as Christians we need to be watchful of the politic arenas. We need to pray for our nation’s leaders regardless of what “side” they are on. I follow Jesus. My leader is God. I will do His will… and it may not fit into a political box and that’s perfectly fine by me.
Thanks so much for sharing Carolyn (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop)!
Wishing you a lovely day.
I agree, Jennifer — and one way we can pray for our leaders is that their hand is stayed from evil. Jesus is the one who opens and shuts doors — what he shuts cannot be opened, and what he opens cannot be shut. In praying for our leaders, we can pray that the door is shut to any evil intent, and that their plans to do so are frustrated.
Not all leaders are evil, and not all leaders are good. They are humans, and our prayers are that they be submissive to God’s will, as are we. Too often we take a giving-in stance — “Oh, well — God’s going to end the world soon, and this is how He’s doing it.” True, the world will end in His time, but we can always ask that those who do evil are held back, so that more can find and follow truth.