It seems that, in this election, clear battle lines have been drawn between conservatism and liberalism, between the politics of Reagan and the politics of Cuomo, between a culture of life and a culture of death. This, in fact, may be the most critical election of our age. The decisions we make on Election Day could have reverberations on the U.S. Supreme Court for a generation or more to come.
Given the high stakes involved, you might assume that Christians would be in the forefront of the national dialogue on politics. After all, Jesus admonished his followers to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s. Our Christian duty to extend love to our fellow man would seem to require us to be deeply involved in the government of our nation.
And yet, there are Christians who are planning to sit out this particular election—to stay home as legions of non-Christians or Christians in Name Only head to the polls. This is particularly troubling, given the fact that all of us will one day stand before the Almighty and give an account of our lives on earth.
“We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ [or God’s judgment seat]. For it is written, as I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give [an] account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10-12
Christians today are very hesitant to get involved in the political process on any level. Why you may ask? It is obvious due to current political climate of this nation. When one looks at the news, politics are consumed with cutthroat maneuvering, corruption, and caring only about getting through the next election in better shape than the opposition. The very thought of Christianity and government coexisting in any form is being attacked at the most fundamental levels. Society is now questioning the idea of what constitutes a legal marriage to whether children can pray at school, if creation theory can be taught along with evolution theory must be taught, or even going so far as to debate whether “In God We Trust” should be removed from our currency.