For Christians, faith and politics can’t be separated. Our faith is our politics. Our politics is our faith. God cares about everything that happens on this earth and so should we. There is not a political sphere and there is not a faith sphere. God created the earth and all that is therein.
While faith and politics can’t be separated I think it’s important for denominations, churches, and clergy not to endorse political parties or political candidates, except in the rare case where a “Hitler” is roaming the earth. Christianity has a prophetic function which is hard to pull off, if not possible to pull off, if we are in bed with any political party or political candidate. That’s why I am registered as an Independent.
Keep in mind that Jesus taught us to pray thy kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. Can’t get more political than that.
And during this season of Christmas songs, don’t miss Mary’s song, which is very political.
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
That’s about as political of a song as you can sing.
This Advent ask these questions:
Does my politics reflect my self-interest or Jesus’ interest in the kingdom of God on earth? Am I singing Mary’s song or some other tune more to my liking.
On a personal note, I wish someone could convince me I’m wrong about faith and politics. I don’t like voting against my self-interest.