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Render Unto Caesar: King Jesus Over All Earthly Powers
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15–16)
The mission of the church: make disciples
Before we dive into the seemingly touchy subject of Christian involvement in politics, we should lay a biblical foundation for the subject. Jesus has not mandated that the church join a political team or rally for political causes. In fact, many of his disciples were counting on him becoming a political figure so they could get out from under the thumb of Roman rule. Instead, Jesus called the disciples (and the church) to disciple all nations (Matthew 28:19–20). This is a mission that transcends any political or cultural agenda.
A believer’s guide to living in Babylon
Interestingly, the first century Christians were under much more oppression than Americans today might imagine themselves to be. But history clearly shows that even they didn’t have a political agenda. The gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16) and as Christians, banking on temporal reform now at the expense of seeing a culture completely transformed by the gospel is foolish. Additionally, as ambassadors of Jesus, Christians are not to disobey civil government (unless we are being coerced to disobey God – Acts 5:29). We subject ourselves to the law of the land (Romans 13:1–7; Titus 3:1–2; 1 Peter 2:13–17) and pray for rulers and authorities so that we are able to live peaceable lives (1 Timothy 2:1–2).
Jesus has not mandated that the church join a political team or rally for political causes.
Here are a few things to consider as we prayerfully consider how we might engage our culture in the political realm as Christians:
- Spiritual results are achieved only through spiritual means.
- World problems are not primarily political or moral but theological and spiritual.
- No human nation or government is our ultimate home (Philippians 3:20).
- Christians should work for the good of all people to promote justice and peace (Galatians 6:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:15).
- Political solutions are not ultimate, but temporal (Jeremiah 17:5).
This blog references points of a more detailed article that can be found here.