In this political season, when left battles right and vice versa, a question that is frequently asked is, “Should Christians be involved in politics?”
Some say Christians should stay out of politics because our calling as Christians is not to save the world but to save souls and preach the Gospel. In this passive approach, it appears no concern whatsoever should be given to the affairs of this world. It seems it would be hard to carry this out in practical matters since the powers of darkness are always advancing and to do nothing, is to allow darkness to spread, unchallenged by the restraint of those with good morals.
Other say Christians need to be salt and light to the world and make a positive influence wherever they can and that particularly includes politics. With issues like abortion, free speech, funding for Planned Parenthood, gay marriage and religious liberty being challenged (e.g. religious institutions force to provide abortive birth control), there are many issues that directly affect religious beliefs, that Christians should be interested in.
On the other hand, I understand there’s a good reason many don’t want Christians involved in politics. Christians make up a large voting block and If Christians choose not to participate, these causes are easily won by the activists who are hell-bent (pun intended) on seeing them implemented.
What the Bible Says...
Of course our belief in Christianity affects how we see the world. It should cause us to reach out, be generous and help to those who are not able to pay us back.