Romans 8:31 (NIV)
“What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
I would like to ask some questions inspired by this verse. Why is it that we always assume God is on our side? Does any army go to war unless they are sure that they are on the right side? Why do assume our political party is the right one? There is a word we always want to skip in the above verse which makes this whole concept of the favor of God decidedly NOT for everyone; the word “if”.
We can be assured that no matter which political party we may choose this election, none of them have God on their side. Why would God choose a side in this corrupt political system? My friend Brian Zahnd made a great statement in a recent sermon: “If your god hates all the people you hate then you’ve met a demon, not the Father of Jesus.”
Make no mistake about it; God is not on our side when it comes to party politics. I’m not saying you aren’t a believer if you are a Republican or a Democrat, I’m just saying that God isn’t on your side. The Kingdom of God is not a democracy and God does not take a poll to decide what move He is going to make next. He will not throw in with a party line and He will not endorse your candidate. That goes against everything we know about Him from scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.
God has His own set of politics and it’s lived out in the Kingdom of God. This is not heaven after you die as it is usually talked about in our churches but rather a present reality. It’s a way of living in this world under the rule of God. You can read all about it in the Sermon on the Mount where the gospel writer of Matthew lays it out for us in plain language. It’s found in Matthew, chapters 5 through 7.
If your God totes any other party line than the Kingdom of God, then you are not serving the God of Christianity. It’s time to think bigger than Republicans, Democrats, Libertarian, Green, and whatever other party there is out there. We have to stop demonizing people who may disagree with us. Shame on you pastors who would take a side and smear God’s name by using it as a tool for your political agenda. Shame on you so called Christians who refuse to listen to the other side and won’t even try to see their point. Shame on you candidates for always claiming God while at the same time attacking with Satan’s weapons. Shame on me for all the times I’ve not trusted God enough to practice what I preach.
Most assuredly, we have made it clear in this country time and again that God is NOT on our side. The question is, are we willing to humble ourselves and go to His side? There’s always a chance to turn around, but it will never happen until we can get past these political dividing lines. They are meant to divide us, and anything that divides us has no place in the Unity of the body of Christ. Just because the elections end on November 6th doesn’t mean that we will be any closer to God or His side. I’m not saying you can’t be a believer if you are a Republican or a Democrat. I’m only asking us to stop dragging God’s name into it; which is indeed breaking the third commandment. You know, the one about using His name in vain. I don’t believe God cares about our political parties any more than He cares about which of our sports teams win. However, I’m pretty sure He does care about how we play the game. I’m also fairly certain God cares more about how we treat each other than how much we agree with each other.
So, if God isn’t on our side, are we on His?
New International Version (NIV)
15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.