Welcome to my third Guest Blogger, Beth! She's a dear online friend and a fellow "dork sister" (a group of us who admit to doing really silly things on a daily basis). Enjoy reading her take on this topic!
Should Christians be involved in politics? If so, in what
Yes, I believe so. I think we should do our
best to make our voices heard. I think we need to stand by our Christian
principals and faith when we are involved. For me, I can't check my faith and
beliefs at the door of my house when I leave to go elsewhere. My faith is a core
part of who I am, how I respond to life, and my outlook and world view. I can't
check it at the door and go and be someone else when involved in politics or
community events. I think our biggest way to be invovled is to PRAY. God
promises he will hear the prayers of the righteous and all of us can be involved
in prayer for our nation, our leaders at the local levels and national levels.
Does God's Word, the Bible, have anything to say
I think we need to remember the
fruits of the spirit when dealing in politics....love, joy, peace,patience,
kindness, goodness, mercy, etc. If we respond and interact this way in our
political dealings, I think God will be blessed and we will show others what
true Christians really look like. The verse about rendering to Cesear what is
Cesear's comes to mind too. I think we do need to be faithful, tax paying, law
abiding citizens. The issue for me is if the laws change in such a way to where
they are not meeting my biblical standard...what then? Will we be forced to
abide by laws that go against our religious beliefs?? That's a problem and I
think at that point my religious beliefs should overtake the laws of the land.
But, hum.....not sure I have all the answers for this one.
Should pastors share political ideas from the pulpit? Why or why
not? If yes, in what ways
I'm not sure about this
one. Our minster has been pretty quiet about it lately. He's not really touched
on the subject. I agree that you don't want your church to be divisive over
political issues but truth needs to be told as well. I know our church has
biblical voter guides available out in the hall for people to take and look
over, but that's about as far as they have gone to say anything about the
elections to the congregations. I guess that's how it should be. Provide the
info and let the people decide but don't make a big deal about it from the
pulpit. People do have differing views...for very good reasons...on both sides
of the isle and many do come from christian perspectives.
(Optional) How are your
personal political views influenced by the Bible?
do vote my biblical views as best as I can and as long as there is a candidate
that is somewhat influenced by faith and their religion. I will always vote
prolife. I feel that is one area where the Bible speaks loud and clear about
not killing or murdering. I consider abortion murder. Other's don't feel that
way and don't have an isssue with the topic. That being said, people will bring
up the topic of capital punishment and war. I do beleive God told his people to
go to war on several occasions to follow his will, protect the nation of Isreal,
etc. So, I do feel that if war is warrented for the safety and protection of
our country and allies, then our nation should consider it as an option. God
bless the men and women who stand up and fight for our nation by being in the
armed forces. There is not enough gratitude in my heart for what many have done
on our behalf.