Should the Church Be Involved in Politics?
Updated: Jun 21, 2021
In America, the rule of law established by the Founding Fathers is based upon natural law (law which reflects God's objective and unchanging law). However, the law that is being pushed today is one which is based upon the changing moral standards of society. It is based on relativity and utility, which is ultimately antithetical to God, who He is and what His will is. I have heard many say that as much as Christians want it to, the law cannot reflect morality. But law is solely based upon morality, whether that be objective morality established by a Transcendent Being or relative morality established by the culture in which one resides. Which morality will continue to be codified into law? I believe that it will be up to the Church.
In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus is recorded as saying, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This is our great commission, to make true disciples of Christ who understand the costly grace Christ has given us. Making disciples is not just for anyone in vocational positions, rather it is for every Christian in every area of their life. Part of culture, and with that part of every life is politics. Politics is not an area the Church can ignore. Not just because of how out of control and ungodly politics have become—as you can see with the issues of abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, income redistribution and others—but the Church must be engaged in politics because it is a part of the culture which we must be the salt and light to (Mt. 5:13). We are called to be wise (Col. 4:5), discerning (Prv. 16:21), seekers of Truth (Jn. 8:32, Mt. 7:7), and advocates against injustice (Ps. 82:3-4).
There is no mention we are to only apply these in areas of life deemed “uncontroversial.” God gave us government (Rom. 13) just as he gave us the family unit. He has a way as revealed in His word that the government should function, just as He has a way the family should function. It is time for us the Church to stand up for God’s will and His law and not allow a society which is temporal to influence how we serve and honor God.