Six signs that your political involvement could be dangerously close to idolatry:
- You feel defensive whenever anyone suggests that your political involvement might not be good for you spiritually or beneficial for the work of the church.
- You use the pronouns “us” and “our” to refer to us as Americans more often than you use them to refer to “us” as Christians.
- Your opponents aren’t just mistaken. They are at best unintelligent or uninformed. Most of them, however, are pure evil.
- You think that everything will fall apart if the wrong party gets in power.
- Your happiness is tied to politics. When the other party gets elected, you feel deeply saddened, and you feel the urge to grumble, complain, and blame others.
- You talk, study, and think about the current political issues more than God, or your Bible. For that matter, you have more passion for converting others to your political ideas than sharing your faith or converting others to Christ.
Here are six solutions to the problem:
- Be willing to ask yourself if you are seeking first the kingdom of God. Be willing to give up even your deepest loves for the sake of Christ if necessary. If you aren’t willing to admit to yourself that you might have a problem, you will never change.
- Remember that God really is sovereign. If He can use Nero as a minister for good (Romans 13:1-4), He can use those politicians that you don’t like as well.
- Remember that because of Jesus, the rulers and authorities have been disarmed (Colossians 2:15). Despite how important politics may seem, in God’s eyes it is as if people are arguing over who gets to hold a gun that will only shoot blanks. “All the nations are as nothing before Him” (Isaiah 40:17). “He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Psalm 2:4).
- When you feel frustrated with your political opponents, always remember that if they have flesh and blood, they aren’t the real enemy (Ephesians 6:12).
- Remember that the main problem is sin, and the main solution is God’s grace. The alternative is to think that something else besides sin is the main problem and to think that the main solution is something besides God.
- Next time you feel the urge to say something political, figure out a way to address the deeper, underlying problem of sin, and offer Jesus as the solution.
-Written By: Tyler Boyd