Many followers of Jesus are deeply concerned about the direction of our country. Those anxieties include morals, family, education, the economy, our relations with Israel, job creation, higher taxes and the military.
This election year particularly motivates believers to “get out the vote” or to work hard to elect certain persons. We want to rescue our country from what appears to be a blind walk toward destruction. It is healthy to love our nation and seek its best. But what is the most effective way to help?
Voter registration certainly helps as does support for quality candidates. We can discuss worldviews with those of different persuasions and participate in the political process. Pray. These and many more are positive acts.
But if we truly want the best for our homeland, we must do as Paul did. When he saw Athens given over to idolatry he told them of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Upon arriving in morally bankrupt Corinth, he knew nothing among them except Christ crucified. And while in Corinth he captured the parade of depravity in what we call Romans 1-3, and his response was the “gospel of God.”
Help those you train in evangelism to remember that we are commanded to share Christ, not save our culture. Our commission is make disciples, not elect conservatives. We are obligated to Christ and to the lost to announce the good news of his death and resurrection. To replace that glorious gospel with a drive for good government is inconsistent at best and hypocritical at worst. Rather, encourage them to work for truly lasting change – transformed hearts and genuine hope through faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s all vote, but remember that our message is a person, not a platform.