The 1971 classic hit may have summed it up best with â€œWhat\’s Going On?â€ On the heels of a polarized election, it\’s a relevant question sinceâ€”even though the election is over, America’s charged political civil war continues.
What\’s going on with the church and politics?
â€œThe church has a responsibility to bring to bear the Word of God on public policy.â€
Politics consists of issues which affect all of us. We live in a democracy that affords us the opportunity to have a voice by way of the vote. However, we must be â€œinformedâ€ voters having a clear understanding, keen awareness and accurate weighing of all of the issues.Â Otherwise, people can vote against their own interests without even realizing it. We must be informed.
Secondly, we must understand that even though we are a part of the Body of Christ, everyone doesn\’t think like us or believe like us yet Romans 12:18 tells us,Â â€œIf it\’s possible, we should live in peace with all men.â€
We are all citizens looking for a better way of life outside of a religious context that directly relates to policy. Â â€œThe United States is not a church, it\’s a country. The President is not a Priest or a Pastor. He is a representative of the interests of the people.â€
Regardless of political platform, Cherry believes that the believer should be both â€œissue-informed and issue-driven.â€ He makes it clear that the believer has to be careful not to be one or two issue-centric but have a panoramic scope of each platform\’s landscape.
The liberal platform promotes equality, inclusion, opportunity but also endorse same-sex marriage and abortion rights. The conservative platform is supposedly built on Christian morals, ethics and values. While indeed biblical in â€œits content,â€ we can\’t be lulled to sleep on other emerging and deep seated iniquities of greed, inequality, elitism, oppression and underlying racism. For many, this election really boiled down to the lesser of two evils.
â€œThese realities are detrimental to those who are citizens of God\’s Kingdom,â€ says Bishop Cherry.Â You can espouse the biblical ideology of one thing but your methodology (what you really believe by how it\’s carried out) may be totally different. Do we really believe that we are endowed by our Creator to have certain inalienable rights (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) or do we devalue or even dehumanize our fellow man under the noble guise of religion or patriotism?
â€œI\’m pro-life and traditional marriage but I\’m certainly not pro-oppression.â€
There will always be situational ethics we have to deal in society especially with the poor, just as Jesus did. In Matthew 26:11, Jesus told us,Â â€œThe poor you will have among you always.â€ So we can\’t readily dismiss the less advantaged because they didn\’t get a sterling silver spoon at birth or throughout life.
â€œIf we\’re all citizens of the same country, then what\’s our responsibility to each other?â€
In the end, we have to be â€œKingdom people in the midst of a democratic society or democracy.â€ The Apostle Paul knew his rights under Roman citizenship while operating fully as a Kingdom citizen! We are Kingdom citizens first and then citizens of these United States. The Bible clearly tells us to â€œobey the laws of the land.â€ (Romans 13:1)
At the end of the day, we answer to a Higher Authority. He\’s called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace and of His Government, then shall be no end.
And let the Church sayâ€¦
About the Author
Roz A. Gee is a Lifestyle Author, Speaker and Entrepreneur on a mission to help others: â€œRefine. Reinvent. Recover!â€ The newly released, “BeYOU!Â To The Power of Progressâ€Â (10 Pillars To Becoming A Better YOU) is available online and in bookstores. www.RozGee.com