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Christianity, Politics and Patriotism

Christians seem to have forgotten that politics, by its very nature, stands in stark contrast to what Christianity is supposed to stand for.

Politics does not operate out of love, speak truth to power or seek the best interests of people. Indeed, politics is driven toward division, compromise, deceit and, inevitably, corruption.

Jesus Christ rejected politics as the solution for what ails us. Read the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), for example, and you will get a clear sense of his priorities. He was all about helping the poor, showing mercy and being a peacemaker. He did not bless the powerful; rather, he said, “Blessed are the meek.”

Neither did Jesus seek political favors or power. He was apolitical. In a sense, he could even be described as being anti-politics, given his tendency to attack and undermine political power. He had no qualms about getting in politicians’ faces, so to speak.

Jesus understood that the legitimate use of power does not include using it to impose one’s will upon others.

From the Christian standpoint, the proper use of power is to seek justice for all. Thus, if Christianity is to serve its true purpose and be a moral compass of society, Christians must remain clear of the constraints and compromises entailed in political affiliation and take stands for truth. Inevitably, speaking truth to power will mean standing outside the political establishment and criticizing the political Herods of this world, i.e., the government and its policies.

–John Whitehead, The Rutherford Institute

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