The other day, as I was standing in line to vote, I sent a tweet about my voting. I was surprised by the responses – most were cynical! I was asked which “liar” I voted for and several suggested that Christ followers shouldn’t be involved in the political process at all.
No one has to explain the dirty side of politics to me. My dad was a politician. I’ve seen all of the deals and betrayals that sicken most of us to the point we won’t get involved in the political process at all. Yet, saying the political system is corrupt is like saying the sky is blue. Of course, the political system is corrupt. Every human process is. Our education systems are corrupt. Our churches are corrupt. Our health care systems are corrupt. If human beings are involved, it’s going to be messed up somehow. People have the Midas touch of failure. No matter how good the gift, we can find a way to screw it up. That’s just a given.
Yet, the great prophet Jeremiah wrote, as exiles, we’re commanded to work for the good of city. As the city prospers, so will we. That is, as the United States prospers, so will the churches in the US. The kingdom of God has to be financed. Feeding the hungry, providing health care for the poor, building homes for the homeless and digging wells for clean water all cost money. That means God will grant believers success in order to provide the resources for these ministries.
The political process is how we work for the good of city and country. As flawed as it is, it’s still the best system out there. So, I voted.
What about you? Did you vote? Why or why not?
What kinds of things did you think about as you voted?
Which of Christ’s teachings was most helpful to you?
I’d love to hear what you’re thinking… Leave a comment below.