Musings on the Eve of a "big" Vote

So I was bouncing around the house tonight in the wake of hearing college basketball commentators eat crow in the wake of their anointed team, Kansas, losing to unsung Northern Iowa. Carly and I were having French toast for brinner, when my phone beeped with a message from a frustrated friend.

Christianity gets lived out in funny ways sometimes. In America, it has become our “Christian duty” to be involved in politics. Since we have the right to influence the powers with votes and money and phone calls, so the argument goes, we have a responsibility as good stewards to wield that power in the name of Jesus Christ.

Nothing, I submit, could be further from the truth.

I believe that when a Christian signs their tax forms, they’ve completed the whole of their “Christian duty” with regards to the government. The world-changing way of Jesus is sacrifice, speaking truth to power, and shaming the powers by publicly rejecting their way of changing the world.

Neither party is interested in anything about the poor except their votes. Brothers and sisters, do not trust them or be drawn in by them, for they are a breed apart and make no sense. We must stop delegating our compassion to Congress, and start caring for the needs of our own neighborhoods. BE the blessing your neighbor needs, and move boldly in the grace of our Lord. Leave the powers to play their mad games; the victory that is already overcoming the world is our faith!

In HIS love,
nick

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About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 20 March, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Superb, Nick.

    • Thank you, Ray – I’m humbled. I know you don’t hand out “superb” every day.

      I hope you know I say these things while honoring your freedom in Christ to serve as you do. You’re in my prayers oftens – offering a redemptive voice in your current post is no simple task.

      And I’m even more thankful in partisan times like these for civilian authority over the US armed forces. I can only begin to imagine the horror if these parties had legions – and artillery.

  2. I agree 100%, Nick! Preach on, brother!

    Mike
    El Paso, Tx

  3. Very well said.

  4. I couldn’t help marvel today as I thought about my brother in Matanzas, Cuba, that will be working from 6 a.m. til midnight today, coordinating the outreach in over 20 congregations his church has established in the last 4 years. While he’s doing that, so many of our brothers are caught up in defending our religious freedom against the attacks of socialism.

    The ones with limited religious freedom are evangelizing, while those that worry about religious freedom are arguing politics.

    Hmm…

  5. Great words as always. I might take it another step and say these political views have influenced even how church sees love and helping those in need.

    Even when we reject the system I’m afraid it totally corrupts our thinking. Just thoughts from my own personal journey I guess.

    Thanks as always for yours.

  6. I am almost – almost – to the point ofbeing willing to vote for anyone who is not the incumbent.

    I want to believe that we need more believers in public office, but what I have seen is that the higher the office, the more irresistible is the lure of perpetuating the system and the party, and above all, the party system. Plus, of course, the power associated with it. We don’t elect public servants anymore. We elect public power players, because we have allowed previous generations to so structure the system that it perpetuates itself.

    Public welfare takes, not a back seat, but a back-stabbing from the party system. It was never a part of the founding fathers’ vision for our nation, nor the constitution.

  7. Thank you for saying that!

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