I am so amazed how things remain the same. Brian McLaren and the Mathew 25 Network are branding themselves as a new kind of Christian political activism. However, they are no different than Focus on the Family and James Dobson. Yes, the views are different. One is left leaning the other right leaning. Both of these groups prey on the naiveté of the Evangelical Christian by selling to them that politics will be the way to make change in our society.
I might be misled, but political action is more of a reaction to movements rather than leadership of them. The fantasy of creating godly people or a more moral society through our political system does not work unless the hearts of people already have led the way. Our churches need not be littered with fliers for propositions or with tactics to promote a certain candidate. Our churches need to be places where people are changed–not government or our politics. Five Terrible myths that American Christians share about politics:
- If the right person is elected, our country will be right: Someone who shares my worldview will not help me in my life a Christian.
- People can be changed through the political system: Politically correct language does not make a politically correct heart.
- Jesus was political so I should be, too: Jesus would not be using our political system to do his work. He would transcend it which is what we should do.
- Obama or McCain will make a difference in the morality of our nation: They can influence it one way or another, but really this issue is not Obama’s family values versus McCain’s family values it is what the role of government is versus the role of Christian’s in or out of government play. That’s you and me, by the way.
- USA! USA! USA!: Our citizenship, while it is American right now, is really a heavenly citizenship. We serve a God that comes before our government or even our way of life. As Christians, we need to be careful to preach Christ and not mix in too much of our culture as being “Christian” when it may not be whatsoever.
The bottom line here is to put into perspective that politics are not the answer. Let’s not be used be either side and distracted from our global mission to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. What are your thoughts about changing things through politics?