by Providence Crowder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the Bible, the people of God held no dichotomy between the sacred and secular. Every aspect of their lives, every thought and every action, was lived in the light of God’s truth. Through their biblical worldview, they sought God for insight into their private and public affairs; God influenced their decision making, and He guided their beliefs, principles, and politics.
Many passages of Scripture unquestionably debunk the myth that religion should be kept separate from government (separation of church and state). Even the U.S. Constitution makes no such claim. The First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” How this declaration has been twisted into an anti-Christian mantra in recent times is deplorable. What this amendment clearly says is that CONGRESS cannot make anyone adhere to a particular religion, nor can they keep anyone from adhering to one. Today, many liberal court justices have surpassed their authority in stripping millions of Americans of their constitutional right to religious freedom, particularly in the public sector.
God is intricately involved in politics. He instituted government, just as He established the institutions of marriage, family, and church. The Bible is saturated with the political themes of law and justice. The Bible is filled with examples of God’s involvement in decisions made by kings, courts, and rulers. The Bible takes clear positions on topics such as marriage, abortion, poverty, economics and war. God is concerned with politics.
Concerning marriage, God affirms that marriage is between one man and one woman until one or both are deceased (Gen. 1:24; Matt.19:3-6). Even when challenged by the religious leaders regarding divorce, Jesus answered them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wife, but from the beginning it was not so” (Matt. 13:8). Though people have attempted to alter God’s definition and requirements for marriage, His directive has never changed; it is as it was in the beginning.
Concerning abortion, Scripture teaches that the preborn child is a person from the moment of conception (Gen. 25:22-23, Ps. 51:5, Ps. 139:13, Lk. 1:41-44, etc.). Even science perfectly complements Scripture in confirming that a human being is produced during the fertilization process when the sperm cell fuses with the ovum and they cease to exist as separate organisms. God pronounced judgment upon those who would harm the preborn child; the more severe penalty for intentional harm to the child as opposed to accidental. The killing of the innocent is repeatedly condemned throughout Scripture. For a man to attempt to decide for himself at what point he feels that an “embryo” becomes a human being is taking upon himself a great responsibility as the giver of life; a responsibility that God has reserved for himself.
God is politics. He is the supreme governing body over all creation, administrating laws from the first recorded moment that He spoke. Even the celestial bodies brought forth light and the earth brought forth grass at God’s command during the days of creation, and they have been obedient since (Gen 1). Physics would confirm God’s involvement in governing.
Scripture gives many examples of private and civic responsibilities that should guide the Christians’ politics. In being good stewards over all that God has blessed this great nation with; in being the salt of the earth and light of the world, Christians today should not check their values at the door concerning politics. God’s politics should influence their decision making at the voting booth.