Breaking free from the snare of politics

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Near the end of Christ’s three-year ministry on earth with His disciples, upon entering a home, He grabbed the bowl of water that was often provided at the entrance of a home in order to wash the dirt from the road before entering, got down on His hands and knees, and started washing the disciples’ feet. When Peter — always the vocal one — protested, Jesus said that if he wouldn’t let Him wash his feet, then he (Peter) would have no part in Christ. To which, Peter proclaimed: “Well then, in that case, wash all of me!” Jesus then told them to wash each other’s feet as a symbol of what we now call servant leadership.

Servant leadership is the style of leadership Jesus came to establish. He said that He came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and give His life up for others. This is the way you lead as a follower of Christ — you serve and you sacrifice. It’s what Gregory Boyd in his book, The Myth of a Christian Nation, calls “power under,” and why politics cannot serve the purposes of the kingdom of God because politics is all about “power over.”

As Rob Stutzman commented last night on BlogTalkRadio, the silver lining on this crazy election year, when neither candidate is liked by their own party, may be that it is finally time for Christians to part with politics as a means of attempting to bring about the kingdom of God on earth. Not that we don’t vote or care about the political process, but we don’t sell our birthright as representatives of the Gospel of Welcome for a taste of political porridge. Politics is all about power; the gospel is all about the powerless and the weak.

In his article in The New York Times yesterday, “The Theology of Donald Trump,” Peter Wehner quoted the French philosopher and theologian Jacques Ellul when he wrote: “Politics is the church’s worst problem. It is her constant temptation, the occasion of her greatest disasters, the trap continually set for her by the prince of this world.”

Christians have been caught in that trap for far too long. It’s time to get loose.

Join me at 9:30 PDT this morning, on Facebook Live for more discussion on this topic, and write in a question or comment.

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7 Responses to Breaking free from the snare of politics

  1. David says:

    Amen…Amen…and Amen. Could not have said it better. Historically, our country has nearly always had about a 50-50 divide, give or take ten percent. When we become so blatantly associated to half of that divide, we forfeit our authority to witness to the other half, and confuse our central message to everyone.

  2. Mark Seguin says:

    Pastor John can u plz, pretty plz and once more becauz this as been done before, so can u plz pretty plz learn how to develop a system of checks before u send out a Catch. Simply becauz this one, yet again the audio didn’t work… and another good idea u may like to consider is when offering : “Join me at 9:30 PDT this morning, on Facebook Live for more discussion on this topic, and write in a question or comment.” I’m sorry I didn’t see a link to it…
    PS also plz don’t try to blame it on my PC, becauz I checked yesterday’s Catch and the file worked – can I also pls gently try to remind u when someone else post – I no-longer (4 a few months) get an email, can u plz pretty plz consider looking into that also…and YES I do check both boxes to be Notified…

    • Mark Seguin says:

      I do believe I owe u an apology – I’m sorry plz forgive me 4 me above post, becauz now some time latter the audio file worked..
      PS yet still didn’t receive an email telling me that others had left comments, 4 some reason (maybe the Holy Spirit) felt a nudge to re-read the Catch, but sure enough I cud also listen to it too… 🙂

  3. John,
    The blog talk radio show, the Catch article, and the live Facebook time make a real dynamic package. I hope many view these and think seriously about what we should be doing in times like this. I have some people who as new in the faith are confused with as of the views. Thank you for presenting other options and of course remembering and encouraging us to love and serve one another. Love in Christ, Cynthia

  4. Colleen Thake says:

    I have to agree with your stance on the church and politics. I remember when I was a member of a church for several years and was very disdain when I entered the building and the Deacons were handing out flyers that earnestly suggesting who we should be voting for ‘that’ year. Sadly the pastors sermon also reflected this!
    Also with all the power struggles going on and what seems to be lifers in the House and Senate, my personal opinion in the situation is for all Americans to fire the lot (meaning all) it will be hard at first, but we can stop the power struggle in this manner, by limiting terms and bringing it back to its original context of what the purpose of what the governments job is suppose to be. The purpose of the government was to protect the people, not inflict us with new laws and taxes. The government today is almost like the Pharisees back in the day, a bunch of Oppressors on the people, causing division, strain on all relationships, fear, etc… Also Churches should not be influencing their congregation on whom they shall vote for and where to invest their monies for the sanctity of the church.( this is part of the reason I left said church mentioned in the beginning) anyhow, Churches if they want members, also need to go back to what their purpose was from the beginning and that is to preach and teach the Gospel and leave their biased political stances and other beliefs out of it.

  5. Kris Rudin says:

    Amen and AMEN! I just don’t understand Christians who think that the government of man can usher in the Kingdom of God. Or even represent the Kingdom of God. All you have to do is read the gospels, and see what Jesus said about those who used rules and regulations to try to be Godly.

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