Q: As Christians, isn’t our role evangelism, not politics?
A: n the Great Commission, Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” That’s evangelism. But then verse 20 goes on to say, “… teaching them to observe all that I commanded you.” That teaching means we are to then be involved in the affairs of life. See? It doesn’t stop with coming to Christ. We are to move on from there.
The secular world will tell us, “You Christians just do Jesus and do evangelism. We’ll take care of all of this out here outside of the Church.” But history has shown us that doesn’t work. When the Church has turned its back on culture and not gotten involved, the result has been deadly. We shouldn’t stop at evangelism. We must take an active role in influencing our society – including politics – for Christ.
Q: I want to make a difference in our culture for Christ, but where do I start?
A: The Bible tells us clearly, with a whole string of metaphors in the New Testament, about how you and I are to make a difference in our world, families, government, businesses, and schools – in every area of life. We are to sprinkle all of our culture and every conversation with God, Christ, and His truth. The Bible says we’re to be like salt. We’re to be like light. We’re to be like bread, water, leaven, a key, and fire.
What does that mean? Penetration. Salt penetrates the food and gives it taste. Light penetrates the darkness and eliminates it. Water penetrates the soil, and suddenly things bloom and blossom. Fire burns. It’s hot, and it cleanses, and it’s passionate, and you have to notice it. That’s who we are. That’s how we deal with the culture. That’s how we’re to operate in the political realm.
Also in this issue:
• How we can reclaim "one nation under God"