The misconception of “politicizing” religion


There has been fallacy built since the 1960s that has now firmly entrenched itself into those in power within the Body of Christ. To start to breakdown this error we need to look to the First Amendment of the Constitution.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The government can make no laws in the “establishment” (the act or an instance of establishing.) [making] of a religion.
Neither can the government prohibit (to forbid the action of) the free exercise thereof.
So clearly we can practice our faith and the government cannot interfere with said practice.
Now look at this verse:
Matthew 6:24 – No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Now we all concede that mammon is money. Now since money is behind all that happens especially in politics. We cannot serve the desires of politicians and God, but we can influence through our right to vote who we serve. If our masters are the politicians then we should follow what they say and do as they do. But that is not what Christians are called to do. We are called to follow God. Does this mean we should never vote? By all means no. It means the total opposite.
Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
So we are directed by God in all our ways which includes politics and He shall tell us who to vote for.
This means we must follow everything that the Bible directs us to do within it. For example:
Matthew 10:33 – But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
So if a group or person denies Jesus then Jesus shall deny them to God. So why would you support a group or person that denies God? There is a group that officially denies God at this time. It is the Democratic Party. https://www.democrats.org/party-platform. Go ahead read it. Show me one time you find the word “God” mentioned.
This fact alone says any that call themselves “Christian” cannot vote for a democrat yet many do and in returning they are denying Christ unto His Father.
Any that argue that Christianity and politics do not belong together is not following the true meaning of the Bible and it purpose to guide all away from sin. How can you be led away from sin when you encourage the removal of God from the ballot box and in essence allow sin to reign over God?
We are told that me must seek out the kingdom of Heaven and righteousness. We are to do this first and foremost in ALL that we do. This includes the ballot box.
Those that say otherwise are falling for the propaganda placed out there by those that have twisted the First Amendment to state that religion has no place in government when it is the total opposite that is true. Government has no place in religion, but that does not mean religion has no place in government. If that were so then why even bother to open the senate and congress with prayer? Also Senators and Congressmen quote from the Bible all the time while they are on the floor.
Now if you do not like that the two parties are corrupt then per the Bible and if we are to seek out the kingdom of God and to be righteous then should we not remove those that do not seek the kingdom of God and are not righteous? The answer is a resounding YES! So again we come back to placing religion into politics.
Simply put per the First Amendment the government cannot make a religion but a religion has the right to change the government since the government cannot interfere in the practices of any religion which includes addressing issues that fall within the political domain. So in turn can influence change within the political arena for the good of all especially when seeking the kingdom of God and righteousness.
As a final note for those post. In Romans 12 it states that each part of the Body of Christ has its own tasks and duties to perform. I fully support the endeavors and actions of those other with their own tasks throughout the body. Many though have forgot this little bit of scripture and think that the main duty of the Body is to add more to it. As I stated above this is all fine and good and I support it, but they must remember that there are other parts of the Body with their own tasks assigned unto them by Christ. Below find the verses of this book:
Romans 12: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
One group that is forgot is the “exhorter” to exhort means: 1. to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently. 2. to give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.
Many forget that it is required and is a legitimate part of the Body of Christ for someone to do this task. For it is important as the last verse states not to be overcome by evil, but to overcome it with good.

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