Faith and Politics: Trust

I hope and pray you had a blessed and encouraging Easter. I’m so grateful for the reminder we had at Grace Church of the victory that Jesus has won at the Cross. The central verse for our Easter series was I John 3:8:

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

What an amazing truth! Jesus has won the victory over sin, death and fear.

In our Spot of Grace for the last few weeks we’ve been considering the relationship between faith and politics. Our central verse has been Romans 13:1:

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.

The central question we’ve been thinking about is: What does God say in His Word about the role and attitude Christians should have regarding politics?

This verse in Romans calls us to an attitude of trust. That seems so simple to say, but it’s much harder to apply. Is it possible to trust when you see abortion legislation becoming more accepted and wider in scope? Is it possible to trust when you see marriage being redefined before our eyes? (Like me, you probably thought that when the Supreme Court widened the definition of marriage to include same-sex marriage, it would only be a matter of time before that definition would be stretched even further.) How can you trust in leaders that seem to be holding and promoting positions that are contrary to God’s word?

If our trust is rooted in man, then there is little that I see to trust in. Can we trust only if there’s a Christian in office? If my trust is a horizontal trust only in leaders that agree with and support my personal convictions, I can find myself struggling to find anyone I trust. I see little that fills me with hope. You may think that sounds cynical and defeatist. But I suggest that our trust should not have a horizontal focus. I don’t focus my trust on man. However, I do fully trust the all-powerful, all-knowing Lord God Almighty. I trust what He says. I trust what He is able to do. I trust that He is working out His plan and His purposes.

Here are a few ways you can express your trust in God regarding politics:

  • Pray. This is the best way you can trust God.

  • Submit to God. Be careful with harsh Facebook posts and disrespectful jokes that demean and belittle God’s appointed leaders.

  • Be wise. Know what God’s Word says about faith and politics. Learn and understand the views of the political candidates. Know who you are going to vote for and why.

  • Follow God’s leading.