As a follower of Christ, I strive to follow the teaching of Jesus praying that His will and not mine be done. There is no room for compromise or negotiation. Politics on the other hand is all about negotiating the best possible deal and usually means that trade offs and negotiating have led to a fair agreement where no one is completely satisfied. Can Christians trade some moral issues to gain other issues? When we enter politics can we accept trade-offs or ignore God’s word to make political gains? There is a very good reason why church and state should remain separate. One has nothing to do with the other. John 18:33-38 makes the following distinction between earthly and heavenly kingdoms.

So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?”Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?”Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” [1]

What is truth? God’s kingdom will not be established by man. It can only be received by faith. If the church lives by God’s word without compromise and bears fruitful witness to the truth; there will be no need to negotiate for political gain. In the first century a religious political movement identified as Zealots sought to overthrow the roman government by force. Zealots reasoned that God was clear in his revelations through Moses and they had an obligation to enforce His will through violence and even murder. They were no different than Christians who stormed the Capital Building on January 6, 2021. Don’t get me wrong; if individual Christians decide to take up politics; that is commendable. If the church organizes and promotes a political party as being Christian, there is a huge problem. Can any political party fully implement Christian values? If not, then we are also promoting values that are unchristian.

Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”[2] Jesus did not intend to establish a Christian government. He will establish His kingdom on His return. We know what state the world will be in before He returns. By becoming a political movement, we allow government to influence our beliefs so as to be politically correct. It is a dangerous road to take.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Jn 18:33–38.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Mk 12:17.

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