Faith and Politics: Hope

If you have turned on the news or scrolled through internet news feeds lately, I’m sure you have seen news stories about the upcoming election. We are presently in the electoral process where the prospective candidates are seeking their party’s nomination. Maybe you’ve seen telecasts of candidates debating each other. It won’t be many weeks before two leaders are chosen and the final run to the election will begin.

As a Christian, I have often found myself wondering about the connection between faith and politics. What should the relationship be between my Christian beliefs and my views of those in governmental authority over me?

Recently I have been thinking about this amazing verse in 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.”

For the next few weeks in the Spot of Grace I would like to consider this verse and some applications that have helped me. I pray this will also help you.

What should the relationship be between what we believe (faith) and how we view those in governmental authority over us (politics)? Let’s begin by considering the focus of our hope. Based on conversations with people and on reading various Facebook posts, I sense a great deal of fear from many Christians. They worry about the candidates. They worry about the policies that might have the greatest impact on their Christian faith. If you have spent much time listening to talk radio or watching news television, you might find yourself becoming fearful. It’s easy for us to fix our hope on what we can see and understand. Some might conclude that if no candidate is a strong, genuine believer, then there’s no hope for us.

Read it again, and be encouraged by Romans 13:1. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. God is the focus of our hope rather than any prospective or existing leader. Our hope is not in our leaders. Our hope is not in ourselves. Our hope is not in our combined influence. I have heard some say that if more Christians were motivated in the area of politics, then real change could happen. It is possible that God could work that way, but I am sure that God is working right now in clear sovereign power. He is working out His plans and purposes. Do you trust in the power of Almighty God? There is no power but God’s power. Does that encourage you today?

I’m concerned about people who have placed their hope in our leaders. They seem to believe that the only way our culture is going to be morally upheld and reached for Christ is through our government. I believe that God can raise up and take down leaders in a moment. As you think about your faith and politics, I encourage you to fix your hope solidly on Christ alone. In the Words of Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”God willing, we will develop this subject further in next week’s Spot of Grace.