POLITICS is RUINING CHRISTIANITY
by Andrew Strom
In recent years,
particularly in the USA, but also in other countries,
Christians have become
more and more drawn into politics and
political issues. I believe this is
making the Christian faith more
and more hated – not for the gospel’s sake,
but rather for taking
political stands that Jesus never asks us to take.
Christians are now known for all the things they bitterly “rail”
They rail angrily against taxes, against the president,
against the Democrats, against refugees.
They launch into bitter tirades on
issues such as health care
and gun control – as though they would gladly blow
who disagrees. They portray themselves as the biggest supporters
of armies and killing and big business in the entire country. Just
them talk. It is about as far from Jesus as you can
possibly imagine. Once you
start playing on this field you need
to remember that politics is the devil’s
arena. It is dirty, ugly
and divisive – and we are called to keep out.
used to be that liberal journalists would at least tolerate the
– even if begrudgingly. Now they tend to see
Christianity as the “enemy” –
because we have taken political
stances against them on multiple worldly
as a faith is no longer renowned for “healing the
and setting the captives free” – nor for the gospel that we
proclaim. We are now known for the angry political issues and
causes that we
Jesus refused to have anything to do with political power. He
“My kingdom is not of this world.” And the early church was the
Can you imagine them starting a “letter-writing” campaign
against Herod or
Caesar? Never! They were too busy preaching
believers are inviting widespread hatred of the Christian
faith – not for
spiritual reasons but rather political ones. And that
hatred is getting worse
and worse every year. We have needlessly
made ourselves the “enemies” of so
many that we are called to reach.
These Christians have wrapped the Bible in
the flag so tight that
no-one can tell the difference any more. They are
preaching “another gospel”. It is the gospel of politics and
nationalism – where Christianity embroils itself in the partisan
the day – and angrily snarls at any who dare disagree.
It is the gospel of the
“flag mixed with Jesus”.
What has all this fighting, railing, crusading and
actually produced? Tons of bad fruit, tons of hatred for
and very little actual change. That is because Christians are
supposed to change the world through politics. We are supposed
men’s hearts through the gospel. That is the only thing
that will actually do
the job. We have abandoned our calling. We
have become utterly distracted from
our mission in the earth.
And we are reaping nothing but hatred from the very
are called to reach. The modern “politicized” church of
waving uber-patriots is the very opposite of all Jesus stood for.
preaching another gospel – another Christianity altogether.
I believe the
American church stands under the judgment of
God for this false gospel. It is
just as bad as the ‘prosperity’
gospel which also came out of America and
infected the whole
world. And I call on all U.S. Christians to STOP IT NOW.
True Christians are supposed to be “sojourners” and pilgrims in
giving their allegiance to no particular country but the
kingdom of heaven. It
is high time we left all this agitating to the
rabble-rousers – and simply do
our job. Preaching the gospel to
the poor. Healing the sick. Binding up the
Proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord.
No more Fox
News. No more right-wing talk radio. All that stuff
exists only to rile people
up, make them mad, and drive the
ratings higher. There is nothing “Christian”
about it at all.
To every believer I say: REPENT of this “political” gospel
this “political” Christianity – and never return to it again.
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