Unfortunately this question brings to mind a negative image of government and politics. If the question is, “Should Christians corrupt themselves with the seedy side of politics?” or “Should Christians revert to the unethical, unscriptural practices of modern-day ‘politicians’?” the answer is, of course, no. But if the question is about political involvement and participation in general, there is another answer.
ChristianAnswers.net puts it this way, “…Christians should seek political participation and representation as they go about their duties of evangelizing the world. Without this participation and representation, there is no assurance that the freedom to evangelize will remain secure. Can we maintain the fundamental freedoms and liberties we enjoy while standing apart from the political process? The political and social trends of the last generation should offer clear warnings that freedom and liberty require diligent care and attention—especially by the Christian community.”
Recently, I was talking to someone who stated that politics was corrupt and that Christians just needed to stay out of it all together. Pretty bold, but I thought about it for a moment. Yes, politics is corrupt, worldly, and wicked, but that doesn’t give us a reason to stay out of it all together. You see, when we choose to do such things, what we are doing is endorsing it with our silence. In other words we offer no opposition or resistance and agree with the majority, whatever it may be… good or bad. When good people are silent, sadly evil thrives. This is just not where we should be and I believe we should have a vote and a voice.
So what about Christians holding an office in government? Should we do such things? For our answer let’s look to the Scriptures. Proverbs 29:2 says, “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.” This verse seems to say that righteous people should be in office, and that when they are, it’s a good thing. So according to just this verse alone, God wants godly men in authority. Or how about Exodus 18:21, God tells Moses to “…look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.…”, Basically, put these men in authority over others. I believe that’s what God wants us to do today in America. In the Bible, there were many godly people in government Joseph, Moses, Nehemiah, Daniel, Mordecai, Esther, and of course some godly leaders of Israel.
So my answer is this, if no Christians run for office, then who would be in office? And if Christians do not support them with their votes/voices, then who will be in office? If Christians are silent, then what kind of people will be leaders of this nation? If not the Christians, the only other group is those with whom can be influenced by the powers of this world. So my advice is this, Christians that want to run for office should and the rest of us need to use our voice, our votes, our prayers, and stand firm in the Word of God.
One last thing we need to remember is to be submissive to authority and respect the authority God has put in place. 1 Peter 2:13-14 says, “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” In other words obey the laws and the only time we should not is when it goes against Gods Word. For example, Daniel did not stop praying even though the law forbid him to. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not bow before the idol even though it was the law. Now in the same aspect this doesn’t mean that we don’t have a voice. Think about this, for example, Esther petitioned the King to save her people the Jews, Moses petitioned the King to save his people the Israelites, they used their voice for good to save nations of people. They didn’t go against the government of the time, they stood for the rights of the people.
In our American culture, we the people, are the ones who make decisions, so we, by law, have a right to use our voice. Think about this for a moment, in our American governing system, ‘submission’ demands our participation. Whether we like it or not, American citizens are participants in the American governing structure. No one is exempt from this participation. Citizens are assessed taxes; we are counted in the census; we are in government computer systems at all levels; we send our children to government-run schools; we are, in one way or another, participants in the government, so we need to keep that in perspective.
And I want to close with this, 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This verse applies to us. If we will… 1.) Humble ourselves, 2.) Pray, 3.) Seek Gods Face, 4.) Turn from our wicked ways (Yes this is talking about believers). THEN He will hear us from heaven and heal our land! Always seek God in prayer and pray for our nation!