Christianity Is Neither Democratic nor Republican—It's Better Than Both

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By Stephen Mattson

If Christianity means loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and loving your neighbor as yourself, then people of both political persuasions fall short of Christ's central doctrine of sacrificial love.

No political party has the market cornered on Christian beliefs, and despite each side's religious rhetoric, faith-based endorsements, and passionate attempts to secure Christian voters, neither has God's best interests at heart.

Political parties are tasked with many things, but carrying out the Gospel isn't one of them.

Yet Christians continue to fall into the sinful temptation of limiting the practice of their faith according to their political beliefs, and they're often only willing to follow Jesus up to the point where it's agreeable to their partisan ideologies.

Followers of Christ must realize that the Kingdom of Heaven will never be fully realized through worldly governments or carnal politics, but rather through the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. And according to the Bible, we can tell what the fruits of this type of Godly kingdom look like: joy, peace, happiness, self-control, charity, grace, forgiveness, justice, hope, and love.

Followers of Christ must realize that the Kingdom of Heaven will never be fully realized through worldly governments or carnal politics, but rather through the love of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.

When Christians co-opt their faith by injecting political agendas, Jesus' example of freedom is exchanged for control, his hope exchanged for fear, his love exchanged for hate, and his divinity exchanged for idolatry.

Christianity then becomes compromised by ideas, propagandas, and agendas that have little to do with Jesus and more to do with gaining dominance over our political and worldly enemies—and even our non-enemies, those the Bible refers to as our neighbors. When this happens, Christianity turns into something that looks nothing like the Christ it claims to worship. For example:

How did helping the poor become so politicized?

How did accepting the foreigner and outcast become so debatable?

How did providing aid to the poor become so objectionable?

How did welcoming refugees become so argumentative?

How did providing hope and assistance to immigrants become so divisive?

How did things like justice, equality, and charity become so contentious?

How did Christianity become so un-Christlike?

Simple, foundational truths that are central tenets of the Christian faith—treating others as you would like to be treated, loving your neighbor—suddenly become muddled and full of conflict. Why? Because of politics.

Christians can become so irrationally blinded by culture wars, debates, and their own opinions about hot-button issues that they often sacrifice the Gospel of Jesus. Instead of humbly seeking to follow the example of Christ, too many of us  would rather remain faithful to our own political worldview.

Jesus was neither a Democrat nor Republican, and he was surprisingly detached from the political institutions and movements of his day. Jesus was arrested, put on trial, and ultimately tortured on a cross for refusing to submit to governing authorities. The Roman Empire, the ruling political system of Jesus's time, legally killed Jesus—according to their established laws and bureaucratic policies—in one of the most humiliating and painful ways possible.

The earliest generations of Christians were similarly killed and martyred for refusing to forsake the Gospel for any type of political cause or authority—remaining faithful to Jesus, despite having to sacrifice literally everything.

Yes, Christians can be involved in politics, and yes, political systems can bring about good and just outcomes (which Christians should support), but our political allegiances should never come at the expense of shortchanging the Gospel of Christ, and they should never be detrimental to those made in the image of God (all of humanity). If you hold this view, you must realize how restrictive and prohibitive politics actually are to carrying out God's will.

Our political allegiances should never come at the expense of shortchanging the Gospel of Christ.

This is why we should never allow our faith to become overshadowed by politicians, political systems, or the short-sighted motivations they represent. Because the way of Jesus is better than any political policy.

Christians are called to prioritize God over everything—elected officials, political parties, laws, and even our own self-interests. Doing this is often irrational and nearly always countercultural, but this is what it means to be a follower of Christ. God help us.

Stephen Mattson graduated from the Moody Bible Institute and is currently on staff at the University of Northwestern—St. Paul. You can follow him on Twitter @mikta.

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53 Responses

  1. Jim Baton says:

    Amen, Stephen! Good article!
    We've gotten to a place in our society where our labels make us feel somehow superior, even more righteous, than those with the other labels. We've even gone beyond "Republicans" and "Democrats" to a new label–"Trump Supporters"–spoken in a derisive tone in many contexts, as though supporting our president is a shameful thing.
    Jesus was no stranger to labels, being called, "friend of tax collectors and sinners," "partner with Beelzebub," "anti-Caesar," etc., but Jesus himself was careful not to label others. On the contrary, he told stories that exalted those with negative cultural labels, such as praising the tax collector who humbly prayed, or the Samaritan who loved a Jew like a neighbor.
    We who profess to follow Jesus need to lead the way in ignoring labels and loving all of our neighbors, especially those different than us, as Jesus loved.

    • Mike M says:

      Supporting a President who doesn't deserve support is shameful. But, that's up to each person to decide. I'm sure if Trump goes too far you will not support him, similar to the way John the Baptist and Jesus did not support King Herod. In fact, they opposed him.

    • Woody says:

      You left out "snowflakes". Let both sides be known. No one is better than the other. No sin is big or small it's all sin. One can face hells torment for being an adulterer just as one can for being a murderer.

    • Larry Braswell says:

      ahem… you brood of vipers… white washed sepulchres, full of dead mens bones… adulterous generation… Christ was quite prolific in His distribution of descriptors.

  2. Michelle Floyd Bickers says:

    Ahhhhh, Stephen, you have spoken the truth! I find myself incredibly disillusioned with both parties, believers who claim Jesus but engage in vitriolic posts, and fellow Christians who have embraced despair when hope is at the center of our faith. Have we forgotten? Thank you for reminding us of our call, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself."

    • Charlotte Hampton Jones says:

      Yes, I also have become disillusioned with any political party. Though there is none to identify with, we, as citizens of conscience, must still make an effort to somehow fathom the biases of media and play a role in electing the people that might best try to govern with ideals that best match our own by casting our vote and communicating with those duly elected. Lord, send us men and women who will not be influenced by any political party or by any lobby, but will govern from the heart and lead others to do the same.

  3. Malcolm Watts says:

    Thank you for this article. What if a large number of thoughtful Christians, Evangelicals in particular, withdrew from any party political connection ? And, instead, asked searching questions of those seeking political office. Questions that, precisely and with firmness, required practical policy answers. Answers that are made public. On issues that centre around matters of justice, political motivation, human relationships. Such a move may inject reflection, consistency, moral clarity, ethical substance into political elections. And increase a positive christian distinctiveness.

  4. Ginny says:

    When a party endorses abortion, how can we as Christians support that party? I know there are many other issues, but this one seems foundational.

    • Martha says:

      This is the misconception that has Christians abandoning all the other precepts of the faith — care of the poor, embrace of the stranger, the immigrant, the refugee, stewardship for God's creation — all due to being blinded by that one "shiny brass ring" — abortion.

      One party does not "endorse abortion." It endorses choice, where that decision is made between a woman and God, an internal conversation of crisis that Christians should be loath to co-opt by political means. Its foundation is that there is an intimate sphere wherein the government may not tread: the sphere of love, family, and faith that is made in the interiority of that person (not by the government.) Regardless of whether you concur with this view: for Christians to be blinded by the one "shiny brass ring" of abortion, when doing so means turning their backs to the destruction of our oceans, God's creation and fellow creatures, this Sacred Earth — is doing just what Ms. Mattson suggests: sacrificing the whole cloth of Christ's teachings to a "hot button" item. I believe the Republican party is playing to that dynamic purposefully. It's no secret that Republicans have pursued an anti-environmental platform for decades: one now reaching such a "rape and pillage" crescendo that our sacred created Earth is quite literally at risk. It's akin to a holocaust, on environmental terms, what is being done to the planet.

      I see no "pro Life" foundation there: for Christ would not turn his back on the entirety of Creation, and neither should we. There is a bit of hubris to presume Christ even wants that "conversation of crisis" taken away from the woman facing it, when it could be the means to His will in her life that we can neither predict nor see.

      • John says:

        Do you love God and His Scriptures? Your argument does not reflect what the Scriptures say. Sorry for my being too blunt with you. I am really sorry!
        But please note that God has not sent His Word to be accepted and understood by any people of the world, (for without a salvation experience in Christ Jesus, they are still slaves to Satan or the powers of darkness and inasmuch as the Scripture is both salvation and judgment from God sent into the world), but by those He has graciously chosen to reveal His Word to, so that they may be saved and live according to His purpose. You cannot understand the Scriptures or the mind of God by human intelligence alone, but only through the power of the Holy Spirit. You can be part of God's people if you can truthfully accept His invitation to become your Father and to love Him. Please understand, true Christians do not live by the perspectives of the world that oppose God, but by the sure, unwavering declarations of the Scriptures by which they have been made a different people, and you cannot take this them… This is what makes the difference between Christians and those who pretend to be Christians and don't love God. For they hate Him by their words, the choices they make and the principles by which they make their lives. I can help if you have questions, sorry sister!

        • Tim says:

          No John and Ginny, we are called to be stewards of all life. I am so sick of this whole self righteous hypocrisy of this so called pro-'life' movement. You cannot be pro-life unless we are pro-life of all life, from womb to tomb. And we are to be pro-life in all matters, on the quality, preservation, and both human and non-human life. I have absolutely had it with this 'choosing of the lesser evils' to justify political siding. Absolutely despicable.

          • Mary says:

            Many of us ARE pro-life from womb to tomb, but just because we don't happen to support a few policies of how to handle various situations does not make us evil. Policy decisions are open for debate but I don't see how abortion can be debated. I'm sorry that you can't see that there are different sides to all these issues and I'm very sorry you are sick of hearing about millions of babies being killed.

          • Naomi Cortes says:

            Mary if you truly read and understood what Tim was saying, then you would get he wasn't saying he was tired of hearing about babies being killed. Read again.

      • Annie says:

        Thank you. You get it.

      • Amy says:

        CHOICE — the ungodly people's way of condoning, approving, and even pushing, the murder of the unborn innocent.

        • Trina says:

          I believe that if we care about everyone and everything then most of the reasons families and women choose abortion will disappear. If we can end rape then women won't feel the need to abort because it makes them feel revictimized. If there is free counselling which helps them see pregnancy as healing. If the rapist has no rights and has to pay child support with no contact. If he must pay hospital bills for pregnancy.

          Some people find themselves in a place where they cannot afford the health costs. What choice do they feel they have when they can't feed themselves.

          How about when health is at risk. Should the other children in a family lose a parent?

          I am not pro abortion but feel we want to legislate against a symptom when we should be fixing the reasons.

      • Nicole says:

        Just wow! A choice between a woman and God? As if God would ever support killing his most precious and innocent creation. And the republicans are not pillagers, they believe in doing the work rather than lip service! Just look at their rallies versus the liberal rallies that leave the earth trampled and trashed. Your itching ears will see & hear what they want to.

    • Lorrie says:

      I agree with you also not just killing a baby's the other party is also talking about murdering and killing and having heads chopped off and blood dripping down and showing them all over the world and saying that people should be put in prison and molested and killed and what's an absolutely horrible things and I'm not saying that we shouldn't let legal immigrants come in but you if they come in and help and pay their part but when we don't have the money to help everybody in the world but they're going to come here and get everything free come here do your part just like I have to I have to pay taxes on my house I have to pay taxes for my car's my businesses we have to pay for schooling we have to go by the law we go out there till somebody we're going to prison we go out there and steal something you're probably going to go to jail but all honesty people that are going out there killing people and stealing and stuff just because they're illegal doesn't mean that they get a free pass coming here legally do your part pay your part of whatever we all have to pay and go by the law then you're more than welcome to come I love to see everybody here getting along
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      Q: #416. Would God/Jesus build a border wall?

      By: Steve Shirley

      A: This topic of whether it is right or wrong to build a border wall is at the forefront of conversation today (March 2017). Building a "great wall" between the U.S. and Mexico to keep out illegal immigrants has been a centerpiece of President elect, and now President Trump's campaign. This subject gained momentum back in February 2016 when Pope Francis (in a veiled shot at Mr. Trump) said, "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel." The Pope has been joined in the U.S. by the liberal media, Hollywood, and millions of others in condemning a "great border wall." SO…. what does the Bible teach on this? Would God/Jesus build a border wall?

      You might be surprised to learn that the Bible is FILLED with verses speaking of walls. The words "wall/walls" are used 245 times in the Bible. Many of these are speaking of walls somewhat like a "border wall." Walls were nearly always built around cities in the Bible. Many were HUGE (Deut 3:5)! It is said that the wall surrounding Babylon was 387' high and 87' thick! The Hebrew word "chowmah" is most often used for "wall" in the Old Testament, and Strong's defines it as "a wall of protection." This was the primary use for walls; for protection from those who lived outside the city (as well as from wild animals). They kept unauthorized people from entering the city, and also protected the people of the city from attack.

      This sounds very similar to why President Trump and many others want to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, doesn't it? But, the question remains, did God approve of doing this? It seems clear that He did. The clearest example that most use is found in the book of Nehemiah. In Chapter 1, Nehemiah received word that "The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down and its gates are burned with fire." Upon hearing this, Nehemiah fasted and prayed to God. Shortly afterwards, Nehemiah made a request to the king to return to to Jerusalem and rebuild what had been destroyed, and the king granted his request. After Nehemiah arrived and surveyed the damage by night, (Neh 2:17-18) records him saying to the people:

      "Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. (18) Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work."

      Nehemiah clearly believes that God is behind this work to rebuild the wall. He says as much in (Neh 2:20) saying, "The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build…" Chapters 3-6 record the building of the wall, concluding with (Neh 6:15-16) saying, "So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. (16) And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God."

      God was behind this work to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. However, as you read these chapters in Nehemiah, you will also see that they faced opposition from many people who did not want a wall to be built (rebuilt). In particular, two men named Sanballat and Tobiah were leading the charge to stop it. Some compare this opposition to the opposition we see today in building a wall in the U.S.. Whether this parallel is legitimate or not, it is worth noting.

      This example in Nehemiah is not the only example of God ordained wall building in the Bible. "Good" kings Solomon (1 Kin 3:1)(1 Kin 9:15) and Asa (2 Chr 14:7) also built walls to surround cities. God instructed that His Tabernacle be surrounded by a 7 and a half foot high white linen fence (see Ex 27:9-19). God's Temple had a wall around it.

      In end times, we see that the New Jerusalem will have a wall around it with 12 gates (one for each of the 12 tribes). In describing the New Jerusalem in (Rev 21:9-27), (Rev 21:12) says, "And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel…" And, notice what (Rev 21:27) says about who cannot pass through the gates in the wall, "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." In simpler terms, the wall is a separation between those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior from those who have not!

      (Rev 22:14-15) reaffirms this, saying, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (15) For without (outside the walls) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."

      (*** Note: Most consider this "wall" around New Jerusalem to be figurative rather than literal.)

      The Bible also speaks of God being a "wall" or "hedge" of protection surrounding those who belong to Him (Job 1:10)(Zech 2:5)(Ps 34:7)(Ps 5:12)(Hos 2:6-7).

      Friends, the Bible pretty clearly affirms that God/Jesus is not opposed to building walls for protection. The primary opposition to building a wall or walls, particularly within the U.S. is that it is not the "loving thing to do." We must "build bridges" to those from other countries, helping them, sheltering them, providing them with them medical care, and more… Yes, the Bible does command us to do this, but the Bible also shows us that we have the God-given right to protect our nation from evil. We can protect our nation from evil, AND help those from other countries, but there is a process for this to happen, and it should be followed. Those immigrating should follow the laws of the land they are entering, and not break the law. God commands all people to obey and submit to ruling authorities (verses here: here).

      P.S. It is interesting to note that the Pope lives behind huge walls in the Vatican, which were built by previous Popes centuries earlier for protection. In addition, nearly all of those in Hollywood who are leading the charge against building a wall, go home to houses surrounded by walls or gates to keep out people who might cause the harm

      • Jordan says:

        Are you ok? Did the evil Latinos hurt you? All those poor people who are running from war-torn or economically destroyed countries (which the US destabilized for its own interest) haunting your dreams? They are the Evil which you proclaim so proudly? All those kids and families just trying to feed themselves are the Evil which you say we need a wall to keep out?

        You run through 90 verses from the old testament about Walls and then in a one-line throw away to say we are Commanded by our God to Take care of our Neighbors and immigrants and refugees and any in need. Those people are loved by our God so we are commanded to love them.

        And this Pope is taking huge strides in bringing the Catholic church into this day and age. He's not perfect but he's trying. There are lots of people trying to Love God and Love their Neighbors first and foremost and this type of post fails utterly in that cause.

        And just because I can say this, the vast majority of illegal immigrants come into the US on planes. Please tell me what the stupid wall, which we are paying for, is doing for that?

      • Sam says:

        Very good comment.

    • Snook says:

      Ginny, read 2Chronicles 7;14…if God's people would obey that then His promise is that HE would heal the land. Too bad "Christians would rather look to a man to do what only God can do.

  5. Bart says:

    Don't tell me what Christmas might want show me in the bible what he wants. Human life is fore front of what bible is all about. You need human life for the bible to have any real intent.

  6. Bart says:

    Human life is reason the bible was written it top of story for bible. Without human life the bible has no purpose. So abortions are very sinful.

    • Tim says:

      I am so sick of this hot button issue on Abortion being the justification for having to go republican. I have had it with this 'lesser of the two evils' in order to make the Right wing the heroes when they are doing so many horrible things. The whole point of this article was against political parties and endorsing the good and rejecting the bad on both sides.

    • MICHAEL EARLY says:

      Singling out certain sins is a complete misrepresentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. God's thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways. After much meditation and scripture reading I received revelation that God truly is not "Republican" nor "Democrat". I have been freed from the misconception that if one votes "Republican" that he or she is considered accepted in God's sight. I say pray and let the Holy Spirit, the peace of God, guide you. You WILL be surprised at what HE will show you BUT you must yield to HIM.

    • Snook says:

      God hates SIN period! Sin is not weighed on a scale. ABORTION IS EVIL and SO IS LYING, ADULTERY, COVETOUSNESS, etc NO SIN WILL BE OVERLOOKED by God…He commands repentance from every one. Has ABORTION been OUTLAWED after all the rhetoric?

  7. Eli says:

    Thank you so much for this article!! However, I find myself confused… If we vote independent, we basically have no vote. If we vote right or left, we are mere pawns. As Christians, we are called to honor our authorities, but how do we chose? It is true, it is the less of evils. Republicans are pro-life which in reading the Bible, I can understand how one may feel they are right but I must agree with Martha. The other side gives a choice. If God gives us free will, then who are we to take what God chose to give? It sort of defeats his gift, he loves us soooo much that he wants US to chose. John, I am not confused. But let's say I went with that "button" on the other side, they do not look out for our world, our earth, the less fortunate, foreigners in need….
    How do we chose? Great article, thank you… Wondering who Jesus would vote for? Would he vote? If neither side is really for Gods plan and we are called to honor our authority, how do we chose? I am neither one nor the other, I just want to honor God. "My sheep listen to my voice" John 10:27

    • trubranch says:

      Abortion is murder. If we allow the "choice" of abortion then we must allow the choice of what is comonly called homicide.

  8. Eli says:

    And how can we avoid falling into being a pawn? Choosing a side is a distraction to making an impact on the REAL issues. How can we avoid this political distraction and make a difference for Gods purpose?

  9. Mike Early says:

    God will not be limited to what we consider to be His political agenda (abortion or whatever other conservative value that we place in that category). If you are a disciple of "Christ" first, then righteous behavior becomes a lifestyle. NOT for the purpose of pointing fingers at others but to win them through true Christlike behavior. With that said it is a deception to say that one party has the gospel down due a few selected political agenda items. GOD is much greater and bigger than that!!

  10. Phil. M says:

    Praise be to God Almighty that I did not Vote. Christians are the true non conformist. We are the salt of this world. Paul said in his letters "don't be conformed with this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Christians should not be accommodated to the present world system.
    Here is a quote from an article about this political system
    "Matthew 4 contains the well-known account of Christ's confrontation with the devil after fasting for 40 days. The devil repeatedly tempted Christ through twisting scripture (one of his favorite devices). At one point, in verses 8 and 9, "the devil took Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and said unto Him, All these things will I give you, if you will fall down and worship me." The devil departed.

    This offer is more unusual than meets the eye! Why? Notice that Jesus rebuked Satan (verse 10), quoting Deuteronomy 6:13 in response, and answered, "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve."

    Yet notice! At no point did Christ say, "These kingdoms are NOT yours to give" or "Who do you think you are, trying to offer Me what is already God's?" He said no such thing. Again, why? Because He knew that the governments—the kingdoms—of this world ARE the devil's governments. Christ knew that they belonged to him—WERE Satan's to give. Therefore, He rejected the TERMS for receiving these kingdoms from the one who did have authority to offer them." you can read the article " Should Christian vote " by David C. Pack
    https://rcg.org/books/scv.html
    May the Lord God open your Heart to receive his Word.
    Phil. M

    • Robert P says:

      Phil,

      Thank you for pointing to the heart and truth of the matter. Your comments are dead on. The article you point to is right on point. I came to this site because of the article above. You further bolster the argument. However, I am dismayed that this site and the ESA organization because then on other pages they push multiple political agendas as a guise for being Christ like. I fear it is just another switch and bait for pushing trust in human governments and trying to work within Satan's system of things. In spite of what some would love to promote Jesus never promoted political involvement in any earthly government because he knew who owned them. He did not protest that the Roman's had slaves although it was unjust. He didn't protest against capital punishment although it was unjust or cruel. Yet I see articles written on this site that promote getting involved in government policy issues to the point of civil disobedience. If the government decreed that we could no longer follow Christ, or worship God and forbid the gathering together then we would disobey by still following Christ, worshiping God and meeting together somewhere.

      What some fail to see is that taking sides politically is distracting us from and pulling us into an ungodly political arena. People would be better served feeding the poor, going on missions, sponsoring children and families through "Compassion" and helping bring people to Christ instead of choosing which party is less evil. As far as the death penalty goes if you believe someone is innocent then help fund their efforts for the their case to be reheard. God does allow the government to hand out justice although imperfect. Rulers will be held accountable for their mistakes by God who allows them to exist and can and will remove and install them to achieve his will. However, make no mistake the political system is Satan's challenge that man can rule himself effectively without God and those who chose to participate support that. You can do more to change the world by affecting those around you by behaving like a Christian in word and deed, loving your neighbor, paying your taxes, and being an example to others.

  11. Great article! I really struggled with voting in this past election. On both sides, there were beliefs I could support and beliefs I could not. I prayed about what decision to make. God told me, "hate what is evil and love what is good." Romans 12:9. Although, he didn't tell me what party to vote for, I believe he gave me an answer that transcended it. No matter who I vote for, or whoever is in office, I must stand on the word of God. Any policy that not in alignment with God, openly reject it. Any policy that is for God, openly support it. If I discuss politics with my friends and neighbors then I will speak he truth and use it as a platform to share the gospel. Jesus is who they really need to support.
    Ultimately, God is in control. And the bible says that the New World Order will involve the whole world coming together against god. Therefore, Christians need to watch out for political parties joining together against God. We just need to follow Jesus.

  12. Brent says:

    I think Christianity is lower case "d" democratic. One of the reasons the establishment felt threatened by Christianity was that it democratized access to God. Who needed a high priest when God lived inside you making you a member of the priesthood? That idea would have hurt their bottom line. Even pagan priests would have felt threatened by the idea. Early Christianity threatened the powerful and the privileged, so it's ironic how the powerful and privileged in this country now use it as a tool to amass wealth and manipulate people.
    We also shouldn't forget Catholicism's compulsory confessions and indulgences, things I doubt Jesus would have stood for.

  13. Brian says:

    As a Christian that lived in Africa for 28 years and spent 3 years traveling throughout Europe, I have seen and experienced a lot of cultures and political systems. It really boils down to what type of political system you want to live under. As of late I have been traveling in Eastern Europe. Most people there are astounded that Americans even have a political party that thinks socialism might be a good thing. And they think we crazy to even entertain the idea of wanting any form of it. Again I know what system I want to live in, do you?

  14. Will C says:

    I disagree somewhat with your argument. The Bible supports Israel through the Book of Revelation and the Bible condemns murder, especially that of the innocent. Democrats as a whole do not support Israel and also think abortion is just a matter of choice. They also oppose things like prayer in school but homosexual marriage is ok even in some churches. Just with those few examples I would NEVER, EVER vote Democrat.

    • Gary says:

      Thanks Will for stating the obvious. I do not care what the label is but rather what party is supporting the church, that gives God the Glory, that is against murdering babies, pro-Israel, prayer in school, etc. Bottom line is you cannot be a true Christian and support an evil antichrist group that makes up most of the Democratic party in this day in age.

      • Jennifer says:

        Will and Gary, right on both of you. After scrolling and reading through most of the above comments, I agree completely that with what you are both saying here. Thanks for your honesty and candor and for hitting the nail on the head.

  15. Lawrence E. Bobo says:

    I absolutely agree. It is why many of us now are referring to ourselves as "Bible Only". I disagree with both major US parties, and believe that neither of them are godly.

  16. Todd A Thompson says:

    I went into this article with high hopes, encouraged by the title. Only to find, sadly, that the author's list of questions is one-sided and incomplete. In an article that's supposed to rise above political party, it's sad that the author can't hide his own bias.

    If it's really supposed to be balanced and non-partisan, how about adding these questions to the list?

    How did it become acceptable to label people who desire to follow the rule of law as bigots and xenophobes?

    How did it become ok to disparage those who simply hold to and follow their Biblical convictions on the issues of abortion? Or homosexuality?

    How did it become acceptable to denigrate and disparage those who exercise good stewardship in taking risks to build businesses and create wealth that creates jobs for others?

    How did encouraging Biblical principles of personal responsibility, like work ethic, marriage between one man and one woman, and not fathering or mothering children out of wedlock come to be labeled as racist, bigoted, and unkind?

    There's more questions. But you get the point.

    If anyone is going to write an article that claims to rise above politics, they should at least have the integrity of balanced perspective.

    • Jay Escobar says:

      Seeking to uphold the rule of law is not controversial in general. But laws should be scrutinized. Unjust men can pass unjust laws, and. Are we as Christians supposed to just say "that's the law" and blindly support and champion it? Slavery used to be the rule of law in America. Would you have supported that rule of law as well? It is not much crueler than our current immigration policy.

      I'm against abortion and yet I've heard a lot of disparaging things hurled at people who don't share my view on that issue as well.

      Encouraging Biblical principles of personal responsibility, like work ethic, marriage between one man and one woman, and not fathering or mothering children out of wedlock is not seen by anyone as racist, bigoted, and unkind. However upholding stereotypes about blacks and Latinos not having responsibility, work ethic, a solid marriage, and having children out of wedlock is racist, bigoted and unkind. It is also unkind to shame anyone who doesn't live up to your view of what a biblical life is when we are all guilty of sin

      I'm not sure where you see a scourge of people denigrating and disparaging those who exercise good stewardship in taking risks to build businesses and create wealth. There are business people on the left and the right of the political sphere

      I think that when an article is asking open-ended questions, and your natural tendency is to see things through a partisan lens, you will find reasons to get upset with the content.

      It seems that everyone who tends to be partisan right or left cherry picks the parts of the Bible that suit their political ideology and ignore the parts that may challenge it.

      Our media diets also can be a toxic force of engendering fears and complaints that are unfounded, unjustified, or wildly exaggerated.

    • Jennifer says:

      I noticed that right away; the list of questions does not include any of the other side of the isles values, and there is definitely a message in that. I am grieved in that fact, though I do believe that fundamentally the author of this article is exposing an important point. But discernment reveals the bias.

    • Sam says:

      Good pint. I totally agree with you. I also observed that his questions seemed to be one sided.

  17. Vetrice says:

    King Herod wasn't a Godly leader. He killed all them babies hoping to kill Jesus!! There's reason we are careful bout ungodly leaders…pres Trump is trying to be a Godly leader standing for Christianity by ISREAL.. No way can the church turn deaf ear this is how we been blessed!! God created all we see and have its our responsibilities to stand for Godly principles!!!!

  18. Patty says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with this article , and myself am part of no political party. I evaluate each candidate and based on their own merits make my voting decisions. Not which party they belong. I find myself splitting my ticket many times.

  19. Carol says:

    Your response indicates you so completely misunderstood this article.

  20. Reginald Lisemby says:

    This is correct, however before the kingdom reign with our King Yeshua and while living here in this life and in this world (with the Spirit of the King within us) we are obliged to vote. There is only one party that is less monstrous, devious and demonic, and inhuman than the Democratic party. It is a choice of the lesser of the two evils, for both are systems to govern. The Republican Party is less. We can not set out and be "other world." We are obliged to salt and enlighten this one.

  21. In the next election everyone who has read and/or commented on this article will or will not participate. More interesting than this article will be what made you vote for the greater of the two evils. The article is correct, however before the kingdom reign on earth with our King Yeshua, and while living here now in this life and in this world (with the Spirit of the King within us) we are obliged to vote, to participate in society for the betterment of people. There is only one party that is less monstrous, devious and demonic, and inhuman than the Democratic party. We can not set out the election meditating on the future "other world." Good advice would be to follow the example of Franklin Graham and other Christian leaders who are "in the know."

  22. Angel says:

    The article is excellent. The discussion, not so much. Most responses just repeat the closed minded arguing we hear every day. I am convinced we will be dealing with these same issues the politicians use to divide us, unless we think for ourselves for many, many years.

  23. Justin says:

    Supporting things God disapproves of isn't loving or honest. Loving thy neighbor and thy enemy is not the same as supporting their actions. What's happening is people have put being politically correct above being biblically correct and it's become scary. The media is just fanning the flames. Everyone has become blinded by their hatred of trump. We all know he's not the most righteous but he is certainly strong willed and we as Christians need that to fight off the secular left. I think a lot of good Christians that vote democrat actually have conservative values but have been blinded by the mesmerizing media. It's true, ALL the top democratic candidates support New York style abortion policies, trump is pro life, we need to love everyone in the lgbtq community but not help encourage them in their ways. Our kids are growing up without God in their lives and being shown and encouraged in immoral ways everywhere now instead. More and more stories keep popping up of how brave it is to abort your child or how brave to change your gender and then villainize you as transphobic or homophobic if you think it's unhealthy. They want to keep God out of our culture and have used "separation of church and state" as a tool. Our founding fathers believed it was important to teach the Bible even in schools. When they put freedom of religion in the bill of rights it was not intended to keep God out of our culture, it was to protect from a tyrannical government that may force us to worship things we didn't want. Trump is the only candidate for 2020 that has voiced wanting to put God back in our country. And I certainly don't see the left as more tolerant and forgiving. Maybe the Christian Left but you see, their policies and values don't align with ours. This isn't about race and inequality and environmental and fairness because both sides want all that as well regardless of what cnn tells us. They use these things as tools with straight up lies and deception. This may not be true every election when it comes to republicans vs Democrats but at this time in history it is and matters a great deal for the future of Christianity and morals in our country.

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