Christianity and National Politics Don’t Go Great Together

I often wonder why it is that partisan politics so often overtake the American evangelical church. Is it because being a Republican or a Democrat costs us a lot less than being a faithful disciple?

American politics is about “my rights”, while discipleship calls us to die to self and give up our rights. American Politics tells us to be rude to those on the other side, call them names, to avoid all nuance, and yes, even tell lies about them.

Faithful discipleship, on the other hand, calls us love our neighbors (and our enemies) as ourselves and to pray for them daily.

If evangelical Christians really were serious about living God’s Kingdom on earth as in heaven, we would probably stop watching blatantly biased (and often false) news like Fox News and CNN and start seeking more to be formed by scripture and prayer.

We might take more time to listen to our neighbors, to look fear in the eye and say, “My God says FEAR NOT so I will not fear those who are being “othered” in this world!”

May God help us to be people who bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Let our love be Love is patient and kind, not envious, not boastful or prideful. May our love never dishonor others. May our love never be self-seeking or easily angered. May our love be like our forgiveness, keeping no record of wrongs. May our Love not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth.

Let our love always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere, for love never fails.

Prophecies will cease, tongues will be stilled, and knowledge will pass away, political parties and all nations will all pass away, but when when love is completed and perfected, it will never end.

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Rick Lee James

Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.