Should Christians be political, should they take an interest in politics?
Yes, we should I believe. We are told not to be part of this World, but like it or not, we are stuck in it for the time being. God is given us signs that are telling us that the End Times are approaching and we would be wise to look out for them. What is happening in the World is a fight between good and evil. Every time a politician speaks,a gun is fired or a new law is passed - they are all reflections of what is going on. Besides, us Christians have a right to vote too.
I may be British but I take a strong interest in U.S.politics as you can probably tell by the number of threads I start in the U.S. news section.
Why? Because as the spearhead of the Free World, what happens to you, happens to me! Your corruption is our corruption and our corruption is yours.
I also take a strong interest in Israeli politics because Israel should be the focus for all Christians.
So switch on the News and don't hide away. There are many people to saved yet, but we must know our enemy. If we close our eyes to what is happening in the World then we may stumble.
Adult Christians, who are more concerned about maintaining the status quo than affecting real change, often resort to Romans 13:1 to justify being in league with political devils of the day. They seem to think that St. Paul endorsed every sort of political aberration and debauchery from gays to gas chambers. They conveniently forget that St. Paul and company were the standard bearers for civil disobedience.
Stand up for Jesus - as they did - and you can expect beatings, imprisonment and execution - as they did. Violent 'official' reaction to the promulgation of the gospel can be expected. WILL BE EXPECTED. The god of this world will not yield to apathy and will oppose every effort against wickedness.
The Book of Romans does not state that a Christian MUST endorse and obey wickedness in government. It states that in opposing the works of satan, the world WILL react with civil punishments, imprisonment and even in some cases execution. Romans 13:1 states in brutal terms what may be expected by those who stand up for Jesus. Corrupt worldly authority WILL oppose Christ - and OUGHT to be itself opposed at every point.
There would be no church today if St. Paul followed the attitude of modern American Christians. In fact, there is much evidence to suggest that the church which survives may not survive much longer - mostly because of apathetic endorsement of Romans 13:1.
I call it the couch potato verse. Sit on your ..... Roman verse ..... and watch everything our forebears built and suffered to preserve go right down the toilet. In the end, pages of that book will be used as toilet paper to cleanse the orifice from which the most wicked of crimes emerged.......apathy.
and that's just me, hollering from the choir loft...