Christians in Politics


I would like to note that I am basing this post off of a comment one of my professors that I greatly respect made a week or so ago, but these are my ideas, although I think there are a number of Christians that will agree with me.

A question that has come to my attention is should Christians be involved in politics?  Many Christians say that they want a good Christian politician.  I, however, completely disagree, and this is based off some of my studies of Church History.  For at least 1000 years, the Christian church controlled a large portion of the world and it’s governments.  This is also a large piece of history with so many problems from the government, the inquisition, forcing Christianity onto people, and most of all, Christendom.

The quote my professor said was, “Christians are to be the salt of the earth, so it shouldn’t be presented as a main course.”  When Christians enter into politics to “change the country,” what is their biblical backing?  The bible says Christians are to pray for those in authority, but should we go into politics?  When we present our views in a governmental authority, we become the main course.  What person in their right mind eats straight salt?  But salt is to enrich what is already in place.  When we support our government in prayer and guidance, Christianity is effective, but when we are the ones in control, things can go sour really quickly.  Look at the Roman Catholic church in history, when the Pope had authority over many countries, above their governments.  This whole aspect of church began after the council of Nicea, where Constantine declared a union between church and state, perhaps one of the worst things the church could have ever done.  After that, there was a heavy introduction of pagan symbols within church services, now churches became an institution with a building, the buildings were tax-exempt, and a myriad of other things.

My professor went to a Christian political party meeting, and the topic of their discussion was what translation of bible they would use specifically.  That isn’t politics.  What does that have to do with running a country?  Absolutely nothing, because Christians are more concerned over doctrine and theology rather than running a country well.

Especially in democracy: Do Christian principles line up with that?

Perhaps a thought to leave you all with is, “What parts of Christianity belong in government (and what type of government)?”

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