Contrary to popular belief, indifference with regards to politics in the United States is not an easy position to hold. For if you express your position as thus to the non-Christian you are labeled as “un-American” and “ignorant,” and if you express it to a Christian you are labeled as “uncompassionate” and (gasp) “liberal.” And despite your greatest efforts to point your position to what you believe is its Scriptural foundation, you will be charged with misapplication since the United States is not governed by a dictator or a monarch, but it is “governed by the people.” And since citizenship in the United States means that the people are the government, then everyone, including Christians, are obligated to be actively and outspokenly involved in the political system.
And while I can sympathize logically with the sentiment that every American citizen ought to be involved in politics if indeed the American government is controlled by its citizens, I cannot help but wholeheartedly believe that the American government is not the government we believe that it is. For we are spoon-fed from the time we are old enough to hear that we live in a democracy–a government by the people and for the people. We are bombarded with the ideals of the Founding Fathers expressed over two hundred years ago, and we are taught to believe that what they expressed in ideals existed then when they first spoke them, and they exist today in our present government. And regardless what might happen on Capitol Hill or what might be signed into law in the Oval Office, we hold fast to the belief that the process at its core is democratic (i.e. citizen driven) and it is for the sake of each person’s inalienable rights (whatever that is).
Despite the core belief of each American that “we the people” are our own governors and that we directly determine our own welfare, we deceive ourselves by believing thus. For the government which we esteem is “by the people and for the people” is the same government that has permitted and is continually permitting the slaughter of millions of infants who have never had the chance the breathe their first breath much less enjoy their supposed inalienable rights. And our government permits abortion (read: actively pursues abortion) in spite of the fact that over half of American citizens believe it to be an immoral practice.
And how does abortion and other issues (e.g. socialize heath care) which are staunchly opposed by the general population become legalized in a government that is supposedly ruled by the majority of its citizens? It is because, as Dennis the Peasant so properly put it: “You’re fooling yourself; we’re living in a dictatorship.” The American government has never been and never will be a democracy. It is a republic. And as such, we as citizens do not put forth and pass legislation, but we vote for representatives to do it in our stead. And these representatives, being dependent upon the vote of the populous and being the wicked and twisted people they are, lie and cheat their way into power. And by doing thus, they manipulate the populous by rhetoric and slick campaigns into believing that they have the citizens’ welfare in mind, all the while they are consumed with doing whatever it takes to gain more and more power for themselves. And thus the cycle of elections and terms has perpetuated for two centuries so as to make the small government of centuries past indistinguishable from the government we have at present.
And amazingly enough, we have been duped into believing that we the citizens are to blame for our government’s present state. We have been so brainwashed into believing that we are the government so as to make its missteps and shortcomings our missteps and shortcomings. And while the Congress and the White House continue to pass law after law that is against the good and the will of the people, they stand immune from scrutiny, because it is we who put them there.
And it is against this notion I stand. I did not sit on the panel of Roe v. Wade and declare that the murder of infants is an acceptable practice. I did not vote bill after bill to use false scales in the levying of taxes on different goods. I did not vote to rob those who have wealth to give it to those who are poor. I stood for none of these things. And yet here I am this day ridiculed by those who call themselves my brothers and sisters for not being more actively involved. I am chastised for not watching C-SPAN and Fox News 24/7 so that I might keep up to speed with the politics of our country. I am charged with “taking the easy way out” by wishing to quietly submit to the government in all things save the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is my duty as a citizen to protest and to be revolutionary.
To those who raise such charges against me and other Christians with similar convictions, I ask this, “Where am I called upon by my Lord to be a politician?” “Where I commanded to rise up against my government because I have been fooled into believing I am the government?” “Where am I called to offend the world by my conservative economics?” “Where am I instructed to desire for prayer in public schools?” I cannot think of Scriptural warrant for any of these things, and I dare say that anyone can. Yet here we are as American Christians, polarized and allied with a secular political party who could give a rip about Jesus Christ. We back them more eagerly than we back the Church Universal (read: suffering Christians outside America) and than we back our Lord and his Gospel, and we seek our salvation through thieves and swindlers rather than in Him who alone is King.
Therefore, American Christian, I charge you to strongly consider your zealotry with regards to American politics. I charge you think carefully before you lash out at your fellow brothers and sisters for not being hip to the latest news out of Washington. For we hold that we have a higher calling in the politically-untainted Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that Gospel has absolutely nothing to do with ObamaCare. Grace and peace.