We ALL have been in tense discussions when it comes to religion & government. While imperfect, our system of government cannot be rivaled. We enjoy more freedom than other nations. However, constituents contribute to a political campaign, Christians in- vest in the Kingdom! Both are seeking something in return. Christian involvement in the political process is important, not paramount. Christian participation in the church isn’t personal, it’s eternal.
Rom. 13:1-7 is clear regarding the Christian’s duty to government at all times. We know Nero Caesar was on the imperial throne. His political ineptness and attack on Christians would have tempted them to despise government & rebel. Paul was quick to remind these saints earthly authorities will ultimately be superseded by the rule of Christ (Dan. 2:44; Rev. 22:1-5). Government leaders will come & go, Christians must fasten their thoughts on Christ.
Phil. 3:20 tells us where our citizenship is located, For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are refugees, sojourners, and aliens in this land. When the economy fails & we are concerned with attacks of all kinds, where do we place our trust? Remember who you are & Whose you are!
II Cor. 10:4 says For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. Christians must show greater allegiance to Christ than government or country. Political battles & relationships with political figures must be approached with caution. Will the world see us employing prayer, kindness, teaching, correction, and discipline then next time we discuss religion & government?