It is primary day in Ohio. People will be out to vote on issues, candidates and the like across Ohio. As always, there are people who are not accurately represented and issues that are painted in differing lights. So, what does this have to do with anything? A lot really, and it has to do with Jesus for president. What ever your flavor of politics, it is easy to recognize that our politicians are not always represented accurately in the press. We rarely, if ever, find out everything there is to know about them and their positions. If we are particularly concerned, we search out information, voting records, past associations and the like about the candidates. We scour the web for information about the issues, what the taxes are for, how much they will go up, etc. Let’s be honest though, most of us just take what we hear, do little or no research and then vote, or not. Unfortunately this is how we treat Jesus as well.
If we were raised in the church we probably remember the lessons of our Sunday school teachers (this is good) and hold tightly to them now (also good) but we don’t often go back to the source and confirm what we were taught. We hear impassioned preaching (a great thing) and learn and discuss issues in our small groups (a good thing as well), but we take what we hear and are taught as gospel while neglecting the scriptures they came from. We talk about the importance of personal faith and then neglect the person who our faith is in. We don’t find out about Him. We don’t learn about His life, His times, His death and resurrection. The truth is that we most often vote for candidates we don’t know, and for issues we don’t understand. We have faith in a savior we don’t know and follow a sovereign we do not understand.
It’s a short rant today from me, but let me leave you with a couple of things to ponder about some comparisons between religion and politics. We speak of Government as this massive institution. We speak of church the same way. Let’s treat church differently. Let’s treat it as a living, breathing and growing extension of the risen Christ. We hold up protest signs supporting or rejecting positions and events that come our way. Sometimes we even travel to other locations for important movements and protests. We sit in church on Sunday and then leave unchanged, unchallenged, and unmoved. Let’s challenge the world with the word of God and stop challenging it with our slogans and signs. We try to change the world by our political stances and don’t try to bring about change through faith in Christ. I do think that religion and politics should often be kept as separate as possible, but I am beginning to think that the problem isn’t that they are tied together, it just might be that we treat politics like we should treat our faith and treat faith like we should treat our politics. Just some thoughts.