Politics. I get it. As a thoughtful human being I have very strong and definite political opinions regarding this country in which I was born and raised. I have opinions on our current president, the previous president, and the seven other presidents that have come and gone in my lifetime. Public schools, immigration, taxes, foreign policy? You bet.
At one time I was proud to proclaim my opinions – they were all “right” of course! 🙂 – and this resulted in many vigorous debates and arguments over the years with friends, coworkers and family, not to mention numerous strangers on social media.
With God’s help, I put a stop to it. Oh, I do vote and I do still educate myself on both sides of controversial issues. I continue to have definite political opinions. But I keep them to myself, and that has been a true work of God.
A major emphasis of this blog is that I – like all Christians – am a citizen of Heaven. We are members of God’s family by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That is an incredible truth, so much so that John the apostle exuberantly proclaimed, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)
Lavish love. That expression doesn’t fit in with any of my political arguments. Becoming overly concerned with politics, or overly vocal in our political opinions, actually serves to drive others away from Christ. Our politically conservative or liberal opinions will drown out God’s offer of lavish love to the world. It’s an ugly thing to drive someone away from Christ over transient opinions.
So I choose God’s message – his gospel of peace – over my politics. I certainly enjoy the many benefits of living in America, but if America should ever decline and fall, my citizenship in Heaven will remain forever.
So love America… a little. Participate in politics… a little. But love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and let that love spill over into the lives of all who cross your path. Your (real) citizenship is in Heaven, and no one can serve two masters.