The United States is currently in a shutdown over border security. The topic of the wall and methods of border security are not what we are interested for this article. The question is this, should Christians be involved in politics?
I believe that the confusion comes in when we read passages such as Romans 13.
Romans 13:1-2 ESV
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Yes, we are to be subject to the governing authorities. Yes, those authorities have been placed in a position of power by God. However, in the American system of government who has the real authority? The people. Therefore, God has placed each of us in the United States in a position of what I like to call simple authority. We are not rulers, but we determine who our rulers are and we influence the shaping of the laws that rule over us.
With this understanding in mind, I believe that it is not only proper for Christians in the United States to be involved in politics, I believe it is our duty. It is our duty to vote. It is our duty to speak out about issues, especially issues that are directly spoken about in Scripture.
Now, back to the issue of Romans 13, we are not to disobey government laws in the United States that do not violate Scripture. There is still an order of rule in this country. We must obey the government unless they would have us violate the ultimate ruler, Jesus Christ.
So I encourage all Christians to get involved. Know the issues. Know what is going on in your country and the world around you. Write your representatives about the issues of the day. Vote people into office who will lead this country in a way that will be faithful to the Scriptures. Do not just sit on the sidelines and do nothing.