Have you noticed that the American church is split when it comes to politics? We all have different feelings about the political direction of this country. This is a huge problem for the future of Christianity! I’ve identified three main reasons why I believe the American church is politically ineffective. I’ve included some solutions that we can all apply in our lives that could change the fate of this country.
#1. We’re politically ineffective because we’ve lost our boldness.
Have you ever heard the phrase: “Stand up for what you believe in.”? – The “Christians” who fill our churches today do not do this. We have adapted to match the world, instead of standing up and having the world adapt to match us. We have turned into a passive people who just go with the flow. The bible says do not conform to this world, yet, that is exactly what we have done. We watch the same movies, listen to the same music, go to the same places… The point is, we’ve lowed our standards and are not bold about our faith.
The example of what a real Christian should look like is found in the book of Acts.
The early church in the Bible was full of Christians who were held in high regard by all the people. Even the people who had no desire to become a Christian looked up to them. It is also said that the early church turned the world upside down and changed it. This doesn’t sound like the church that I see today.
Solution: Raise your personal standards and be bold about your faith!
Christians need to be in the world, not part of it. Stop being part of the problem, be the solution. Quit indulging in the evil of this world. Stop watching inappropriate movies and music. Show people more love. And please, politically begin to learn what matches up with the word of God; not what makes you and people around you “feel good”.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
Notice that this verse does not say all people, it simply says my people. As Christians/God’s church we need to humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways. Just because something is culturally acceptable, does not mean that it is biblically moral. We need to really begin raising our standards. This includes the movies and music we listen to!
#2. We’re politically ineffective because we are not people of action.
As Christians, we have decided to operate by “faith” in many ways. Which basically means we plead the 5th. By not acting, we are exercising ignorance, not faith.
Take a moment to read these verses from the book of James. (James 2:14-26 NIV) “Faith without works is dead.” Just sitting back while hoping and praying for this country to get better is not enough. The concept of ‘taking action’ is mentioned many times throughout the Bible. In one of Jesus’ parables He referred to a servant as wicked and lazy simple because the servant took no action.
During the presidential election in 2016, I heard many Christian’s voice their opinion that there was no good or Godly candidate. As a result, they decided not to vote at all. Instead, they “prayed for our country” which literally means nothing by itself.
We only had the presidential candidates as our choices in the 2016 election due to our lack of involvement in the past. Think about that for a moment… The candidates would be completely different in 2016 if Christians had stepped up years ago and took action toward what they believed in.
Solution: Become a person of action!
Start taking control even in small areas of your life. Begin learning and understanding what is going on in the world around you and then act on it based upon how it lines up in the Bible.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Intentionally take time to learn about our countries political system. Vote every chance you get, encourage others to do the same. But, once something is done and voted on, stop complaining! I.E. Stop hating on our president! This is a post for another time, but saying anything bad about our current president is very dangerous sin for Christians.
#3. We are politically ineffective because we lack unity.
“With unity comes victory.” – This quote could not be truer. The USA watches this happen daily. Gallup estimates 5% of the American population identify as LGBT. This 5% of our country has been driving the way the other 95% of the countries futures will work. They wanted gender neutral bathrooms and the legalization of gay marriage they get those things!
Why? Because they are unified!
Another disclaimer in this post, I have no hatred or bad feelings toward the LGBT community. I am actually very impressed by the way they have pulled together to make things happen. I think that Christians could learn a lot from the LGBT community.
Here is the sad part, the 5% LGBT is more effective than the 75% that claim to be Christian.
Here is a fictitious example of the point that I am trying to articulate:
The 5% of American’s that identify as LGBT influence and lead the 20% of non-religious American’s. (25% in total) Almost the entirety of this 25% of America will vote the same exact way.
On the other side, we have the 75% of American’s that claim to be Christian. We vote something like this:
30% of us won’t vote
15% of us will vote republican
15% of us will vote democrat
10% of us will vote libertarian/independent
5% of us will vote ‘other’
Now who’s stronger? The 25% or the 75%? The 25% because they are unified!
You may be saying; my vote doesn’t count or God doesn’t care and I’m telling you that you’re completely wrong. In fact, God expects you to do your part when it comes to politics in your country.
In the bible (Hosea 8:4) God accuses the people of choosing a leader outside of His will. God has given us the choice, but He still knows what is best for us and what we should choose.
Solution: Unify under the word of God
This can only start with you. Make sure that you believe the same thing that your church leaders believe. If you do not, find another church to attend! Once you are somewhere, start building a community around Biblical principles. (I recommend starting or joining a small group!) Build unity around the Bible, this will make you and those around you stronger in faith. And finally, start taking part in our countries politics.
Related Post: The War We Fight
The freedom to worship God is under attack. I thank God every day that during the 2016 election enough Christian’s did the right thing. We’ve prolonged the removal of religious freedom by at least another 4 years. It’s time for us as Christian’s to stop being politically ineffective! Start doing your part today.