Does Religion Have a Place in Politics?

The relationship between politics and religion has been a heated debate for many years. Some move for separation of church and state, others say that our freedom of religion supersedes all.

First, please let me say that I avoid the term religion or religious at all costs. Religion invites division. It distracts followers by causing them to focus on man-made rules instead of WHO they’re following. I am not religious. I do not follow a man-made religion or denomination. I follow Jesus Christ and His word only. There is a difference and it’s worth stating.

So should your relationship with God affect your political beliefs? I believe, unequivocally, YES. Your relationship with God should affect every single aspect of your life. As Christians, we should hold our loyalty to God and His Word most dear.

The factor that causes friction for most Christians, or what puzzles outsiders regarding Christians, is the political party line. Republican or Democrat? That is the world of politics. It is broken down into two distinct parties. That in itself causes division and discord, which has seeped into the church.

What does two distinct political parties mean to a Christian? Essentially, nothing. I say nothing because we are not loyal to the guidelines of man; we are loyal to the ways of God Almighty. This contrast was even prevalent in the early church. Acts 5:29 says, “But Peter and the apostles answered, we must obey God rather than man.” When we vote, we should look at the stances of each candidate and vote based on Biblical principles. We should pray to God for guidance always. Does voting according to Biblical principle lead us to fall in the Republican category typically? Yes. Does that mean that it would always put us there? No. The name of a political party should be meaningless to a Christian.

Christians often take heat from the world for this stance. Specifically in the case of President Donald Trump. President Trump is not what most Christians would ask for in a leader. He is a straight shooter, who sometimes uses coarse language and looks to behave arrogantly. I am not here to influence your opinion of him. I will say that I support him based on his policies, not his personality. He is arguably the most pro-life president in history. He has other merits that I appreciate as well. His personality and his own relationship with God are his, and his alone. I pray for our president and you should too. 1 Timothy 2:12 tells us “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.”

I urge you to be steadfast when the world threatens to shove your beliefs aside. Remember to whom you belong! We are not subject to man, we are sons and daughters of the living God. Philippians 3:20 states, “but our citizenship is in Heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” As children of God, this Earth is not our home but a temporary place until we reach our eternal home, which is Heaven. We must remain faithful to God, even more so in these last days. He will not forsake us. We must continue to seek Him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “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.”

I want to leave you with the latest installment from my Pastor’s current series. He talks of Bible prophesies manifesting before us. He is following the leading of the Lord and presenting Biblical truth always.

Keep fighting the good fight, Patriots.

Until next time,

Erica Lee

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