I am weary of politics and all the baggage it carries. It seems like it's naturally or at least easily just a point of contention for all who are engaged in it. We all have our view of how justice should be carried out and realized in this world. And we hold to our views passionately. But I wonder if we too easily dismiss the problems and limitations inherent in all of this.
For us in Jesus, we have a message from God of the kingdom of God come in Jesus. It's a message which cuts against the grain of both left and right. It's a message which refuses alliance with any kingdom or government of this world. It's a call to repentance and faith and submission to the one King of kings and Lord of lords- Jesus.
In light of that, I can't get overly excited about any one candidate any year. To do that seems to be in danger of selling out to one worldly "kingdom" or another. It's fine to be registered in one party or another, or to serve politically in either, don't get me wrong. I just think we have to remember what it is and what it is not. It is what it is, with all its limitations. But it is not either the kingdom of God or allied to the kingdom of God come in Jesus. It is neither! Government or "the state" needs to be much more humble than that.
The message to such is, "Here is the revelation of God in Jesus. You will be judged by that!" Of course it's people in the process who are so judged, not the platform itself. Inherent in that is the hope that governments can be influenced to govern in ways that will promote shalom and God's good will on earth.
So we need to be interested in these things with a grain of salt, and more. It has its place, but let's be sure we've first given Jesus, and the kingdom of God he brings, its rightful place. And that by itself is an ongoing project. Of course from that we must do good in this world. How that plays out for each one of us will vary, even on whom we vote for, or whether we vote at all, as well as what we do. Here's one thing in Jesus, we're all called to do.
What would you add to this?