Jesus is not a Republican white man or a bun-clad social justice warrior. He came to preach the kingdom of God, not the kingdom of America. Yet we have people on both sides of the political aisle fully convinced that Jesus is on their side. I don’t want to pop bubbles, but Jesus doesn’t side with any of the political parties.
Before explaining the main point of this article in more detail, please don’t get me wrong. It is important that Christians (especially pastors) are fully engaged in the political process. The antichrist seeks to disseminate his agenda largely through political influence. Now is not the time to allow deception or apathy to continue in the church. No one knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return, but those with spiritual discernment cannot deny that these words of Jesus are beginning to take shape:
“AT at that time many will turn away from the faith and betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who holds out to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come ”(Matthew 24: 10-14).
I have seen with my own eyes how strong political tendencies divide the church. People who seem to have genuine faith in Christ betray one another. Friends who shared so much in common no longer hang around. Believers (including church leaders) leave churches and people they have served for years purely on the basis of political ideology. Research shows the growing trend that political tribalism is causing division for companies with advanced economies. Are these not the signs of the times?
Despite our biblical convictions, Jesus does not side with either side
I will be the first to admit that there is a real temptation to bring Jesus into my political paradigm. I have strong biblical convictions which strongly influence my politics. I find it hard to understand how any “Christian” could support the other side. However, despite this powerful feeling, I will not make the colossal mistake of assuming that Jesus represents one or the other political party. How could a believer come to such an arrogant and naive conclusion? Have we forgotten that Jesus is still King of kings and Lord of lords? Make no mistake, the Sovereign God will never fit into our limited political boxes!
One day Joshua was traveling the land of Jericho looking for a way to penetrate its fortified walls. As the new leader of the Children of Israel, he did his best to obey the Lord’s instructions. Suddenly he looked up and saw a mysterious man standing with a drawn sword in his hand. I can understand the feeling Joshua must have been having at that moment: Where did this guy come from and why is he standing in a fighting stance? Joshua approached him and asked him, “Are you for us or for our enemies” (Joshua 5:13)?
Like many believers today, Joshua was passionate about the things of God, but the premise of his question was fundamentally wrong. The mysterious man replied, “Neither one nor the other, but as the commander of the host of the Lord, I have now come” (Joshua 5:14). Knowing that he was in the presence of God, Joshua fell face down on the ground in reverence before the Lord. The man’s convincing response was very clear: Believers are to align with the Lord’s program, not the other way around.
Which side are you on?
I know many well-meaning spiritual leaders who avoid politically charged matters like the plague. Convinced that such an endeavor is only a distraction, they fail to equip their congregations to properly discern the agenda of the antichrist or empower the people to become the salt of the earth. I am convinced that believers have a duty to engage in the political process, perhaps more than ever. However, lest we become part of the problem, we must not forget the important lesson given to Joshua.
Meeting Joshua reminds us that God does not side with any political party. We need to stop playing these crazy games and instead seek to better understand His program. We have a chance to engage in the political process fearlessly without demonizing the people on the other side. I pray that every believer will ask a more important question than Joshua: Are we on the Lord’s side? May this question guide the church forward in these end times.