not judging others by how they vote, or the politics of the world which they hold

An annoyance of mine is when people, and in my world, specifically Christians, judge others concerning how they vote, or their political preference. Where I came from you never consider voting Democrat. It was always about finding the best Republican, supporting them, and in the end voting for whoever is the Republican nominee since it’s certain they’re better than the Democratic one.

The church either right (conservative) or left (progressive) can be heavy handed in this, either explicitly or implicitly. And it can be a form of legalism where people are expected to tow the line or else. There are a number of problems with this.

I’ll start with the least important. First of all, when you weigh and compare the agendas of the two main parties, along with agendas from other parties, there are inevitably always pros and cons. For me it’s no clear cut choice at all. Even on the abortion issue there are significant pros and cons between the two parties. And even the so-called pro-life party, the Republicans, which I don’t view as any more pro-life than the Democrats, really has done precious little to reduce the number of abortions. They’ve used it as an issue to get votes, I’m afraid, sad to say. With some relatively minor exceptions. What is needed in this nation is a change of heart which makes abortion less and less desirable toward the day when it will be a thing of the past. There are so many other issues: helping the poor, the environment, the broken down criminal justice system, and I’m sure the list could go on and on.

But now to the most important point by far. We in Jesus as God’s church are the body politic in the world which shows the world the new way through God’s grace and kingdom come in King Jesus. Our political allegiance is to God’s kingdom come in Jesus. Jesus is Lord and Caesar is not. Caesar has some authority, and we’re to obey every ordinance of Caesar insofar as we can, for the Lord’s sake. But we must beware of giving to Caesar what belongs only to God. And I’m afraid both the religious left (which if anything is worse) and the religious right too often fail to see where our political allegiance should fully lie.

We can live with our differences, and vote on either side, regardless of what two candidates are representing the major two parties (or maybe some other candidate) on the November presidential ballot and for other government positions, or not vote at all. What we have to be united in is the gospel which itself is both implicitly and explicitly political in that we show how people are to live together with all that means under the authority of King Jesus, yes, in the church, through the sacramental and common life given to us from God in Jesus.

So let’s be careful not to judge each other in regard to how we think on the politics of this world, even while we may try to persuade others about this or that in it. Let’s be those whose politics are unmistakable, grounded solely in King Jesus and God’s grace and kingdom come in him. While perhaps just happening to be a Democrat, a Republican, something else, or like me, an Independent (ha). As we look to the one politic which will remain when all others have seen their day, and which is destined to take over the world when King Jesus returns.

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One comment on “not judging others by how they vote, or the politics of the world which they hold

  1. So what is “the most important point” according to the words of Jesus himself, speaking in complete consecutive sentences?

    [Matthew 22:37-38, Mark 12:29-30]

    Anyone who has ears to hear, let him hear the voice of Jesus of the Gospels.

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

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