Until I was 42, I was a registered Democrat. Interestingly, I usually crossed party lines when voting for presidents, but for the most part I believed that Democrats cared about the underprivileged. I saw no inconsistency between my Christian convictions and my political convictions other than an increasing support of abortion within my party.
In my defense, back then the Democrats made room for pro-life voters. Currently, I might note, the Republican party still has room for pro-choice voters and politicians such as Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker. So please understand that, back then, I sincerity believed my faith informed my politics.
In 1995, the abortion issue caused me to switch my party affiliation. When John and I began chatting online three years later, he helped me understand why the Republican view of the economy better addresses poverty. Now I believe I’m affiliated with a party that better reflects Biblical values.
Having said all that, I’m troubled by evangelicals in both parties.
Principally, I’m troubled by the implicit attitude that any political party could bring about the type of society that reflects Biblical righteousness and/or justice. Evangelicals on the left tell me that the redistribution of wealth and power displays God’s compassion and concern for the needy. Evangelicals on the right tell me that overturning Roe v. Wade will make America great again.
As much as I’d love seeing Roe v. Wade overturned (and I’m delighted that we now have more Federal judges that might actually pull it off), I believe we make a serious mistake in thinking that political action could possibly restore the United States of America to Biblical morality. Similarly, progressive evangelicals make a serious mistake in thinking that principles of Critical Race and Intersectionality Theory could possibly effect true justice.
Scripture is abundantly clear that our earth will remain in bondage to sin and decay until Christ comes to establish His kingdom. Time forbids me from taking you through all the passages about the corruption that will permeate our world until His return, but consider Paul’s words in his epistle to the Romans:
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. ~~Romans 8:18-25 (ESV)
No politician from either the right or the left can halt the moral decay that engulfs our society. Human laws, no matter how much they align with Scripture, can never really eradicate sin.
Our hope lies exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ and His return. Rather than trusting in politicians, Christians must invest in His kingdom. We must repent of hoping that getting just the right people in office will turn America into a Christian nation. We must look forward to that glorious day when He will establish His reign over a redeemed creation.
Come Lord Jesus!