I’ve spoken to too many people that recognise Christians for their politics before their Jesus. It is clear to see that Christianity has been pinned onto our culture’s spectrum as regressive and unpopular. Culture has strong opinions and it carries generations of thought which leads people to believe or think a certain way, based on what is popular at that time. Christianity has been notoriously unpopular with culture throughout time. What we have seen of Christians in politics has pushed many people away from the true nature of the Gospel. When we decide that Christians are a political party, we have misunderstood the Gospel. The Gospel is not about who you vote for, it’s about who you obey. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9 that He only obeys the law of Christ. The law of Christ isn’t governed by a political party – aspects of it can be supported by one – but Christians should be governed by Christ.
The law of Christ is governed by Christ, and we should be too. This isn’t to say that Christians can’t be used in politics – they can be and have been divinely placed by God all throughout history: William Wilberforce being one example. The governing law in his life was not a political party, he answered to Christ and his politics flowed from that authority. Through Christ in him he fought for the abolition of the slave trade in Great Britain. It wasn’t with arrogance or self-righteousness, but a man allowing the light and the truth of the Gospel to be displayed in him. If our debates and opinions lead no one towards Christ, we must abandon them swiftly. So what if you’re right? I would rather they think I was ignorant and they love Christ in me than me convince them I’m right and them hate Christ in me. The Gospel is of love, and I’m sorry if you been shown angry politics instead.
To anyone that has been turned off from the Gospel because of ‘Christian politics’, I want to extend to you an invitation. Not to a voting box, not to a Facebook rant and not to a cookie-cutter Christian lifestyle: an invitation to know Jesus the man, without blame and known by true seekers. You may not understand or agree right away – I know I didn’t – but as you walk with Jesus He unveils truth after truth. I invite you to lean not on what you understand, but for a moment to lean on Him. In a moment of submission He can make you new, but hard hearts will never find a way in. If you are struggling to agree with the Christianity you have seen in the news, give the Jesus of the Bible a chance.