As you probably know, it is a big “no, no’” to discuss politics and religion with people. This is sad, because both have a significant impact on our lives. However, I am amazed how much the Bible speaks of both and they appear to be inseparable.
The birth of a people unto God in ancient times is contextualized in governmental terms; thus, the people are identified as the nation of Israel and this nation is governed by God under His civil and religious laws. Even in the New Testament, the invitation is given for people to “enter into the kingdom of God”. By the way, it must be understood that the invitation to follow Jesus, is an invitation to live under the government of Jesus, i.e., the King of the kingdom of God. Again, religion and politics (government) intermixed.
And if you think this is restricted to religious or spiritual governments you would be wrong. Scripture records that God is intimately involved in the governments of nations. He hardened the heart of Pharaoh (the most powerful nation at that time) and directed the rise and reign of multiple rulers. Solomon observed, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord. He turns it wherever He wishes.” The Apostle Paul wrote that even the rulers themselves come to govern by God. “For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established, by God.”
I think this is an excellent time to talk about politics and religion. We need God in the conversation of our present political season. He is much more involved in the outcome of the coming election than the political pundits, commentators, candidates and yes, even voters. You won’t hear this on the radio or in ads. But whoever rises to power, will not do so without God’s doing. Want to join me in starting this kind of conversation?
Comments and contributions are welcomed.