Our Role in Government
There are three realms of activity in government: the judicial, legislation and political. Christians enjoy various degrees of influence in each realm. In the judicial realm all you can hope for is to express your opinion and hope the judge is listening. In the legislative realm one can be more active in writing lawmakers about legislation and “lobbying” lawmakers for their support. Politically Christians can use their votes to determine who represents them and who does not.
When God’s Word reminds us to speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves, to feed the poor and to help the helpless he is encouraging faith to reflect itself. But even in these acts of charity there is a far greater mission: “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (I Peter 2:12).
Each act of kindness is to be an arrow pointing to heaven. As we relive suffering and show love, we create a forum to point to Christ. It is proper for Christians to hold their representatives responsible for the way they represent the people. If their votes take human lives or cause hardship, they should be held accountable. It is important to vote and make your voice heard.
But even if our representatives accurately reflect our principles of love towards others and laws are changed to afford the proper protection to all life, our work is not complete. Judicial, legislative and political events simply create the circumstances for conducting our first mission, to share God’s Word and lead others to Christ.
Saving lives is not the end but the beginning of our work. Never forget this great mission as we fight against evil.
May 7, 2018
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