The Politics of the Phoenix Preacher
As I sit at my desk this morning I’m aware that tomorrow is Election Day and my Oregon mail in ballot is serving as a coaster for my coffee cup.
At some point, I’ll probably vote on the ballot measures , but I won’t be voting for any candidates, as none of them seem to have any motivation for the common good, but only a great motivation to be elected.
There has been a steady stream of candidates or their representatives coming to my door (usually when I’m in the bathroom) warning me of the dire consequences should their opponent be elected.
The election is always framed as a battle between good and evil with both defined by the political couriers.
This…does not move me.
The Scriptures are my guide for what is good or evil.
Because I have always been an advocate for immigration reform, this audience has labeled me as a “liberal” Christian.
This, despite the fact that I hold a traditional, biblical view of sexuality and marriage, which should put me in the “conservative” Christian category.
Many of my close friends are business people and they vote for whoever provides them the best environment for success, or the least impediment to it. They use part of their profits for the kingdom and I think this is good in the eyes of God.
They are “conservatives’ and I love them.
I also have friends who support social justice and safety nets for the poor or infirm and I think this also is good in the eyes of God.
They are “liberals” and I love them.
This confuses people who believe that you pick one side and stick to the whole package a party offers and the people that represent that party.
I do not believe either party is on the side of God and I do believe that choosing sides in totality means compromising some part of the faith.
I reject any political adjectives added to my identity as a Christian.
If you’ve followed this site for more than fifteen minutes, you know that character in leadership, especially in the church, has been my primary focus since I began this project.
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that there was no way that I could endorse a moral reprobate like Donald Trump and not grieve over the influence his character and ways have had on the church.
I do not oppose him because he is a Republican or a conservative…he is truly neither, but he is a morally vacuous narcissist interested solely in power and wealth.
In other words, he is the template for every corrupt leader we’ve exposed in the church.
He and his kind are discipling the church to behave just like them
Christians don’t seem to be able to recognize this kind in any arena…but they embrace them with fervor.
If there is any evidence that God is judging this country, it is in the lack of godly leaders no matter where you look for them.
This does not mean I support the other side of the aisle as they are just the flip side side of a counterfeit coin.
My primary concern always has been and ever will be the church, because only in the church can salvation be found and the ways of God truly followed.
I already have a Savior and He’s already defeated the forces of evil…and when He is revealed all this other mess will disappear in smoke.
In conclusion…I care not a whit if you embrace any of the descriptors above…I care not if you are a liberal or a conservative or a centrist or just tired of it all like I am.
If you follow Christ I will gladly identify with you even if I reject your political choices.
My prayer is that we all can return to making Him the Lord over all things in our hearts…