on a truthful engagement with politics for the christian

(A guest post by Tommy Williams)

I am convinced that Jesus is not a Republican or a Democrat. He was not one to be boxed in by human constructions and categories. Jesus spent his ministry doing many things…healing, feeding, performing miracles, and teaching but when it came to interacting with people in authority be it the Pharisees or the Romans, he held them accountable. He held them accountable for how they treated people and for what they were teaching the people. I am reminded of the prophet Micah’s words, “What does the Lord require of us? But to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with thy God.” If Jesus held himself to an agenda or platform it was, I would argue, these words from the prophet. The other thing Jesus modeled for us is a desire for the truth. Christians must be the ones who search to know and understand the truth about people, issues, and positions. Relying on hearsay and innuendo is irresponsible. With the multiple mediums of communication (TV, Internet, etc) available to us it is easy for half-truths and falsehoods to be spread. I believe that a Christian is a truth-teller and truth-finder.

We all certainly have issue that are of particular importance to us. The main thing as I see it is to have an eye for justice, kindness and humility in our officials. As we walk our way to November, may God be our guide and at the end of the day may we remember that it is with Him that our ultimate allegiance lies.

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Rev. Tommy Williams is a United Methodist pastor in Texas.

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