10 Being biblically good citizens - Eddy D'Sa

posted Sep 19, 2018, 9:00 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 9:01 AM ]
I am so ready for the elections to be over. I'm tired of all the political mud-throwing, fact-checking, partial truth and bold promise ads. It reminds me of the 4-year-old who asked, "Daddy, do all fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time?' He responded, "No, sweetheart, most fairy tales begin with: 'And when I'm elected…" Because of this prolonged season of politicising, it is easy – very easy – to tire of politics, sour on political involvement and despise politicians. If Christopher Columbus were around today, he could be the greatest politician of all time. After all, when he left, he didn't know where he was going; when he got there, he didn't know where he was; when he came back, he didn't know where he had been. And he did it all on someone else's money!

And all of this is unfortunate, because it warps our view of a Christian's role and responsibility in the political arena. To begin, let's ask: WHY SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL ARENA? First of all, we need to be involved because successful government depends upon it. Consider that government is one of only three institutions God established; the other two being the family and the Church. As Paul wrote in Romans 13:1, "…there is no authority except that which God has established." In fact, President George Washington said that the twin pillars essential for supporting a successful society are morality and religion. Second, Christians need to be involved in the political arena, because God commands it. In essence, Jesus' response to that trick question was that we owe our worship to God alone, but must not neglect our obligations to our rulers and government.

HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL ARENA? First and foremost, PRAY. Listen again to Timothy: "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority…" What is the very first thing we are to pray for? Those in authority – not for a good day, or for our friends or family, but for those in authority. Pray that they will be filled with divine wisdom, that they will lead according to the will and way of God. Bottom line: The burden for the health of our nation does not rest on the PMO or on Parliament, but on the Church; it rests on you and on me. Unfortunately, the times are desperate, but the Church is not. We need to cry out to the Lord on behalf of our nation and its leadership, and "get desperate" before the Lord. Prayer that lines up with the will of God, prayer that reaches the heart of God, prayer that moves the hand of God. If we do not pray for our nation and our leaders, not only will we continue to have little impact on the direction of India, but we are going against God's desire. Next, as we've already heard in Jesus' words, PAY TAXES. It's a direct command of Scripture. The government supplies basic necessities of community life – sewer, police and fire protection, a court system, and so forth. The quality of these services may leave a lot to be desired, but since we do not live in isolation and we have a responsibility to our nation, we are to participate in sharing the load.