An important question for us to consider is, “How ought the Christian to exercise care in forming political opinions?” One need not look very hard to see that our nation is in trouble, and that changes must be made. Our nation has fallen into an all time low in sin and immorality. Our economy is suffering and welfare recipients are increasing an alarming rate. People are losing their homes and small businesses are in trouble. How can we change the current trend!
Solomon, in the long ago, declared, “Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people” (Pro. 14:34). “It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; For the throne is established by righteousness” (Pro. 16:12). The Psalmist affirmed, “Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah, The people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psa. 33:12). “The wicked shall be turned back unto Sheol, Even all the nations that forget God” (Psa. 9:17). Remember, “The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31). It is easy to see that America as a whole has forgotten God and has refused righteousness. This is our nation’s number one problem.
America must return to its Christian roots and righteousness must be the foundation of a Christian’s political opinions. Remember, “Let my tongue sing of thy word; For all thy commandments are righteousness” (Ps. 119:172). The apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:16-17). The Gospel reveals the righteousness of God. Scripture declares, “My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 Jn. 3:7). Thus, as we form our political opinions the word of God must be our guide.
As we develop our political opinions our major concerns should not be the budget, the welfare system, tax reform, health care, etc. – We need to be concerned with moral issues! We must be concerned with righteousness. The scriptures give us insight into the type of men we should be looking for to rule our nation. “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (Exo. 18:21). “When the righteous are increased, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man beareth rule, the people sigh…The king by justice establisheth the land; But he that exacteth gifts overthroweth it” (Pro. 29:2, 4). It is easy to see that our political leaders should be men of truth and God-fearing. Therefore, our political opinion should not be based on our “pocketbooks” but on the righteousness of God.
We must be careful in investigating the political candidates and in developing our political views. Christians must be involved. “And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the wicked, and love them that hate Jehovah? For this thing wrath is upon thee from before Jehovah” (2 Chr. 19:2). Will we just sit back and do nothing and allow the wicked to rule? Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” If Christians do not speak out against the immoral injustices of our nation – who will?
Can our political opinions be a source of division in the church? It can, but we can avoid this by seeking God’s righteousness and His kingdom first (Mat. 6:33). Remember, righteousness is the core issue as we develop our political opinions. “O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).