“Faith is not a political ideology or agenda. While it should speak to political and social issues, faith that is captured in a political ideology or agenda has become something other than the faith and way of Jesus Christ, who came not to lord it over others, but to serve.” – excerpt from page 217 of “What’s Theology Got To Do With It” by Anthony Robinson.
I love this quote. I’ve been reading this book for a class at Seminary. One thing that has bothered me for some time is that it appears to me that some religious people mix their religion and their politics. It’s easy to do – for many people their religion and their politics are part of how they identify themselves. Questioning people about a religious or political view can be heard as an attack on the person being questioned.
Having an extensive background in politics, I often say, be careful when you start messing with politics. If you think that because you are religious you will be able to get into the political world and change it, all by yourself, you are grossly mistaken. Political people will be more than happy to welcome you in…as long as you are useful to their cause.
Let me explain something when it comes to politics. If you get this, it will go along way to understanding how politics actually works. Politics is about power. Nothing less, nothing more. If people get helped along the way, that’s just a side effect. You can bet the house that someone has gained more power as a result of the action. This is not anything new, politics has always been this way. So many people sit around debating what the politicians in DC should be doing to help people. And they mistakenly think that the politicians are having the same discussion. They are not generally. It’s about power.
So here’s the positive in all this – don’t get sucked in to the political world. Politics is important from the mere fact that it affects people’s lives. But it is not the center of the universe. We Christians have an important message to share that far exceeds politics. God loves all of creation. We are fallible and are going to screw up and screw things up, but no matter what we do, God will not abandon us – that’s a promise. We can’t fix things on our own, and that’s ok. We’re not supposed to. God’s not only got our back, but our front, our sides, our top and bottom and all points in between.
So be involved in politics, but keep your priorities and don’t put all your eggs in one basket. You’re bound to be disappointed and used if you do.