Move over lions, tigers and bears ’cause there’s a few, new boogeymen in town. Depending on where you are at politically it’s either the leftist media elite, them hand-holding same sexers and a President who has “Hussein” as his middle name or, you betcha, Sarah Palin.
Someone please stop the crazy train so that I can get off! And, whether or not you choose the right or left side of the tracks, I’m inviting you to jump off with me.
Don’t get me wrong. Although I am deep red in my politics as an American I am pretty blue in my face as a Christian. Why? Because I’m tired of holding my breath waiting for American evangelicals to realize that this country is not going to be converted to Christ politically. If just half of the tight, right and mostly white Republican believers devoted a quarter as much time reaching their neighbors for Christ as they did watching Fox News then maybe we could make some real progress as a church and as a nation. And the same goes for you Christian Democrats out there (although you can insert MSNBC or CNN in this analogy if you’d like.)
Our politics flow out of our worldview which flows out of our theology which flows out of our relationship with Christ. So if we want to truly influence politics then we must, first and foremost, influence others to embrace Jesus as their Savior. Then we must plunge them into a passionate pursuit of God through prayer, worship and obedience to His Word.
The real boogeyman is not the President, a political party, the homosexuals or an Alaskan icon in high heels who can see Russia from her front porch. Satan is the real boogeyman. And I believe that he is doing everything he can in his power to get Christians distracted. For the right-leaning Christians (like me) he is trying to get us to worship at the altar of Glenn Beck rather than Jesus Christ. He is seeking to get us to hate the President instead of pray for him. He is trying to get us to seek a political solution to a spiritual problem.
For the left-leaning Christians (like, not me) he is seeking to get them to worship a political agenda instead of a risen Savior. He is seeking to get them to mock the right instead of pray for them. He is seeking to get them to replace the power of the gospel message with a green lifestyle.
Can true Christians differ politically? Yes! Should these Christians discuss, debate and dialogue on the important issues of politics? Of course! But let us never forsake the true “weapons of righteousness in our right hands and in our left.” The Word of God, prayer, love and the gospel message are more important and influential than any ballot box, news station or political affiliation. They have divine power to change hearts and not just pass bills.
Wherever you are politically my prayer is that your true hero is Jesus, that your ultimate mission is the proclamation of His message with your life and with your lips and that the only real boogeyman in your world is the Devil.
Remember Paul’s words in Philippians 3:20, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”Let us rivet our eyes to Him who gives us the audacity of ultimate and everlasting hope.
Yes we can!