Often Christians and non Christians are heard to say they have no interest in politics, and they will list two or three reasons to justify their noncommittal stance. Citizens of these United States should not be so uninterested in our political system of government. These governmental systems directly impact our quality of life and will either limit or protect our Constitutional freedoms and judicial processes, and ensure their practical application. Lately our government systems have greatly restricted our Freedoms and civil rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights !
Strictly speaking as an American citizen to other American citizens, I may not be able to persuade you to change your outlook on this issue because our freedoms allow you to have a free pass on taking any responsibility for the Legislative Process of the American Republic. That is your prerogative. Unfortunately such attitudes have led directly to the attacks on our Liberties, which lead to our losing our will to make the government accountable!
On the other hand, as one American Christian to other American Christians, I believe I may clearly state a Biblical mandate for why Christians should be interested and actively involved in American Politics. The Greek word used for "fellowship" - as in a Christian Fellowship - is "KOINONIA". Understanding this word as originally intended goes far beyond the idea of the four walls generally associated with Church meeting or community - the "body of Christ" if you will.
From an article found at www.compellingtruth.org you may find these descriptions:
"Like many seeming-nouns in the Greek, the natural result of koinonia is inherent in its existence. That's something we should remember: THERE IS NO FELLOWSHIP WITHOUT ACTION (emphasis mine). Our actions are widely influenced by our associations. Fellowship is both the unity of the group and whatever is brought forth out of that association.
For this reason, we are to be careful with whom we have koinonia. Second Corinthians 6:14 says "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?" Our associations direct our actions, and to be bound with unbelievers will inevitably lead to wrong actions. To have koinonia with God and other believers, however, is to find our place in the Body and the work of Christ.
One important "ACTION" which Christians are to habitually take part in is the action to "do good". James 4:17 says succinctly, "So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin." (NASB) In the United States of America we have the legislative process known as voting. This process directly leads to establishing elected individuals who will make laws and uphold laws for the good of the citizens who have elected them.
Do you know how many times the Bible mentions "ignorance"?
""49 Bible Verses about ignorance"
God would not want his people to be naive or unknowing about what our world is about. This definitely would include our responsibilities regarding who will be passing laws and enforcing them I would submit!
Lately I believe many American Christians have been behaving as if they have no understanding or responsibilities regarding our political systems and the legislative processes by which we are being governed. Dear brothers and sisters, as a devout lover of our Savior Jesus, I ask you to please reconsider your complacency if that has been your attitude.
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