Can A Christian Be A Politician?
The question is often proffered pursuant to: “Can a Christian be a politician?” My thought is: “Should someone who is not a Christian be a politician; specifically the president?”
Page one, paragraph one of the “How To Lie and Deceive Voters For Political Gain” handbook calls for politicians to claim they are a Christian or at the very least claim they believe in God. The problem with this calculation is just saying one is a Christian means less than nothing without a personal relationship with and in Jesus Christ. And claiming a belief in God simply places one in the most questionable, if not outright objectionable company, considering that Satan knows God on a first name basis and he is anything but righteous and holy.
Being a Christian means a person has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, by: A) believing Jesus is God in human form; B) confessing they are a sinner unable to provide a sacrifice acceptable to God for forgiveness, which means we cannot save ourselves; and C) asking God to forgive them and accept them based on their belief and faith in Jesus Christ. (See Bible: John 3:3-21; New Testament)
Being a Christian means that we subscribe to God’s absolutes. (See Bible: Matthew 22: 37-40; New Testament) This also means that our behavior and desires are to be consistent with the righteousness of God. (See Bible: 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; New Testament)
Politicians are liars by omission and commission; lying is a sin according to the Word of God. There is no gray area with God, as secular humanists would have us believe. There is no new morality for believers in and followers of Christ. The idea of situation ethics is an anathema before God.
Commentators like Megyn Kelly sneer and openly mock those who profess Jesus Christ. This was the case when near the conclusion of the first Republican presidential debate, she sarcastically asked the candidates if they had heard from God and/or if they would look to God for guidance if elected.
If not to God, whom better should they look to for guidance? Are any of the presidential candidates wiser, more powerful, or more accomplished than King Solomon? Are they greater than Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, David, or Daniel? If these stalwart leaders, who far exceeded those of today, were dependent upon God for guidance, just how bad would it be for a leader today to say they were a born-again believer that they pray for guidance?
People today want faux-Christians like Obama. The media is happy to reference Obama as a Christian when in fact he is the furthest thing from being a Christian. Does anyone believe the media would dare treat a “devout” Muslim with the condescending disrespect they routinely show Christians?
Being a practicing Christian is not going to win you popularity contests and it is not going to make people open their checkbooks. In politics it is going to get you chided and mocked.
However, the candidate who supports all that which God condemns, e.g., from abortion to homosexuality to lies ad nauseum (think Bill Clinton and Obama) are hailed by media, et al as great leaders.
Politicians do not go to church because they believe in Christ, they go to church for a voting block and a show.
I receive mail and comments daily from people who tell me they are “praying for the country” and asking God to save the country. That is a conundrum because God cannot betray Himself. Asking God to reward us for supporting men and women who are the antitheses to that which the Bible calls righteous is a fool’s errand.
Being a Christian means that there are absolutes that we abide by and it means that we are to love that which God calls righteous and to at the very least eschew that which he condemns.
I would rather a politician come right out and tell us they are dishonest malevolent deceivers. At least then they would be honest in that moment. But when they try to con those of us whose eyes are in fact open I lose what little respect I may have had for them in the beginning.
America hungers for God-fearing men and women who are neither ashamed nor afraid to say they depend upon God for guidance. Look where electing those and appointing those who believe in themselves and the counsel of Erebusic evildoers has gotten us.
Are we to believe we would be worse off today if we as a nation were led by true Christ serving believers? That is a question that you the voters must answer.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here