We live in confusing, almost circus-like times politically. As we move forward, understanding the changing cultural climate will become increasingly difficult, as will knowing how to respond biblically. Some will shy totally away from political discussions for fear of mixing faith and politics, but I believe God wants us to understand how to engage others during this season. He doesn’t want us to draw back or check out. But we need to walk into it with the good news.
Aristotle, in his book The Politics, indicates that politics includes all the activities associated with people living and working together. That means politics is all around us, and all of the time. It plays a role in our families, businesses, friendships, and even churches.
So our faith, while personal, can never be truly or purely private. We are to live out our faith in this world, and because politics connects with just about everything, we need to know how to leverage this political season for Jesus Christ. But how?
An Old Story for Today’s America
A well-known passage from the book of Luke provides surprising insight on this issue.
A lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:25–29)