Few could have imagined the events that are currently unfolding in light of the Brexit “earthquake”. It is said that many have changed their opinion after seeing the political and economic consequences that this decision has triggered, which cannot be fully understood at this time.
The fact that the UK has not yet left the European Union and that everything is exactly the same as the day before the referendum makes us realize that all these “consequences” (the London stock market plunge, devaluation of the pound and alarmist messages from world leaders) have been orchestrated by “the powers that be” behind the financial and political systems, pulling the strings.
This can lead us to wonder whether these candidates or parties represent what we really want. Is it worth voting? Should Christians be involved in politics at all?
The truth is that nowhere does the Bible encourage us to participate in politics. But why not? Psalm 146:3 explains:
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people;
there is no help for you there.” (NLT)
Another translation reads:
“Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.” (NIV)
Although Christians are told to pray for those in authority (1 Tim 2:1-2), there are no instructions anywhere in the Bible to seek political authority for ourselves or participate in political campaigns or decisions.
As Christians, we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ in order to live in unity (1 Corinthians 1:10). However, those who are involved in politics often find themselves divided on opposing sides, debating and arguing with each other.
When we take a step back from politics, we can be truly united in Christ, beneath His flag, as subjects of God’s Kingdom.
We must not forget that this Kingdom will replace all human governments and will remain forever (Daniel 2:44, Psalm 2).
The Bible also warns us that politics is part of “the world” and we read in 1 John 5:19 that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one”.
Jesus is our only leader and he himself refused to become a temporary ruler (John 6:15), instead of that, he said “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).
We can’t expect flawed human beings to bring true justice and peace to this world. Only Jesus can, and HE WILL.
Psalm 72, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17