Earlier today I came across a blog post that I found a little disconcerting. From what I can gather it seems to suggest that America is an unchristian nation, and that the only way we can become a more Christian nation is if we adopt more ‘Democratic’ policies (in the political party sense).
You can read the blog post here.
Below is my response to the blogger’s post.
With all due respect, for my intention isn’t to insult you or make you feel small in anyway; but I absolutely disagree with your association of Democrats and Christianity in the sense that it seems you are implying if our government was more democratic then America would be more of a ‘Christian Nation.’ I don’t think America is a Christian Nation, or any nation for that matter. Nor do I think we should try to strive to be a ‘Christian Nation’ (but that’s another issue).
Anyway, politics aren’t going to change the world, only Jesus will. Certainly there are things we can each do to make the world better. But when it really comes down to it, being more republican or being more democratic doesn’t matter; nor will it ever matter. Not according to Jesus at least.
Seemingly, Jesus is rather apathetic about politics. The only instruction we receive from the God-Man on politics is in Matthew 22:21. Jesus says “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.” And beyond Jesus, the smartest person to ever live, the only other instruction we get in the Bible regarding government and civil obedience is from Paul in Romans 13. Which, basically he is telling the Roman Christians to trust God and submit to the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire; even it means the infringement of your rights, persecution, torture of your own family, and death. This is counter-American and counter-Libertarian (I mean Libertarian in the way JS Mill means it).
What Jesus really cares about is that we become the kind of people who God intended us to be. The kind of people who each love God supremely and serve people wholeheartedly with all joy and thanksgiving. The kind of people who would walk up to Hitler and shake his hand and treat him like we would our fathers; not because we support Nazism, but because God melts people’s hearts through mercy and kindness (Rom 2:4). The kind of people who would seek out sex offenders and want them to be our friends; not because we are masochists and desire to be sexually abused, but because they need to be loved and have Jesus change their hearts.
What you want is peace on earth and goodwill towards men. I want those things too. It’s a perfectly good and right desire. But the thing we first need to recognize is that politics won’t accomplish this because you, myself, and everyone around us are wickedly evil and capable of evil beyond our most vivid imagination. To deny this is perhaps one of the greatest dangers we pose to ourselves and everyone around us. For example, Hitler did what he did because he thought it was right and it was just. He didn’t think he was being evil. He thought he was being good. Likewise, we run the risk of harming our neighbors if we should ever think we are never without fault.
What this country needs, what this world needs, is not the establishment and maintenance of some high and lofty political ideology. It needs a Savior capable of convicting people’s hearts of the evil they accomplish daily, so that they would seek forgiveness from God; and know that they have been forgiven because of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Only then once we realize we have been forgiven from the person whom we have offended the most (God) can we begin to forgive others and realize our own faults before other people. Only then can there peace on earth and goodwill towards men. No politician or group of people could ever make this happen. Fortunately, Jesus is making this happen and will eventually bring it to completion.
For the glory of God and our joy…