Many believers feel called to enter the field of politics and in so doing they come up with some ’cause’ or ‘mission’ to drive their campaign. For example some look to install judeo-christian family values or ethics; others look to the abortion issue or the same-sex marriage debate to get their ‘hook’ and spur people to vote for them. Then they promote their religious belief in hopes of getting people to join their ’cause’ or ‘mission’ so that they will win and be able to implement their ideas in government.
That is one of the problems with Christians who seek to enter politics, it is all about their ideas covered with enough religious language to convince the masses that they are following God’s way and to vote for them means you are voting for God and his kingdom. There is little of God in their campaign and the prospective politicians’ lives.
In analyzing the many different politicians who seek public office or who are already there and who strive for higher offices than they currently hold, i find something missing from their campaigns, their speeches, their practical application of their purpose. What I find missing is the right attitude and many believers miss out on that attitude because they are blinded by their ideas that they must ‘fight’ sin with laws and regulations.
To give you an idea of the type of attitude a person entering or already in politics should have, here are the words of the late John Diefenbaker, a very respected Canadian politician:
Parliament is more than procedure; it is the custodian of the nation’s freedom
This is the attitude that is missing from most believers’ political environment. They simply do not understand what governing is all about. Too many think it is the battlefield for religious practice and that their duty is to remove certain laws and force their own ideas upon a nation. They do not grasp that governing requires wisdom, justice, fairness, understanding and more biblical characteristics, along with patience, foresight, humbleness and integrity.
2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of [a]craftsmanship, 4 to [b]make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in [c]bronze, (Ex. 31)
Even though that man was not called to lead, notice what God has said about him. God did not say I have given him a cause or a mission but the correct tools to do the task set before him. The same goes for those who govern, God has given boundaries for politicians to follow:
By me princes rule, and nobles, All who judge rightly. “I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me. “Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness.(Prov. 8:16-18)
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here. (Zech. 3:7)
9 “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household. (Acts 7:9-10)
you can see some of those boundaries for politicians– love and seek God; walk in God’s ways; wisdom and favor an don it goes. it i snot about the cause, the issue, the mission but about governing the way God wants you to govern. We are to seek justice for all and here is a link to many verses on that issue
Some years ago I had a friend tell me that he voted republican because that was the party who held beliefs close to his own but God doesn’t make that idea a criterion for voting for a man or a political party. Here is clear instructions on the type of men a believer needs to choose
Choose wise and discerning and experienced men from your tribes, and I will appoint them as your heads.’Deut. 1:13)
That is who believers of any country should be looking for to nominate and elect as head of their governments. It has little to do with similar beliefs, a particular party or gender. Wise and experienced men are the key. Another key character trait to look for is if the candidate is obedient to God and humble about it not using his obedience to get favor or votes:
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, For they are ever mine. (Ps. 119:98)
A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (Prov. 1:5)
Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand. (Prov. 10:14)
As you can see, much comes with selecting a wise man and you can see why God made wisdom a criterion for leadership. Sadly, in this day and age, it seems that those who follow God and enter into the political field, lack wisdom, they lack knowledge, they lack understanding and it is no wonder they and Christians get mocked. We are not picking the right people to lead nor are we preparing the right people to become leaders.
We have problems in our different countries because believers do not follow God’s instructions when it comes to leadership, whether it be political or spiritual. We think we know what wisdom,knowledge and understanding consists of but the selection of leaders contradicts that knowledge. We do not elect a Christian just because he is a Christian. We elect him because he is godly, wise, knowledgeable, understanding and has found favor. He knows how to govern correctly and doe snot have a ’cause’ or a ‘mission’. He governs all people wisely and with true justice.
Do not let the sinners and their popularity bring you to a panic or influence your selections. Look to God to find the right men to step up and lead as God wants. This may mean that the evangelical, conservative believer may not get everything they desire but they will get wise leadership and justice. Leadership is not about forcing one’s views upon others and making unbelievers the enemies of God.
Leadership, if done right, helps bring people to God. Christians need a better attitude about politics and governing as well as leadership in churches. They need to grasp what governing is all about and that they oversee many people who may not believe as they do thus wisdom is the key and a strong reliance upon God for counsel and guidance.