It’s that time again when politics has taken over the media, the news cycle, and left many people wondering how in the world did we get here and where do we go from here? I haven’t written about politics because I realize my blog is about sharing the good news of who Jesus is and how to live out that love in our lives. However, this is exactly the lens that I want to examine these issues through. I believe we (the church) are in part to blame for where we are politically and we must be part of the solution.
First of all, I want to say “the lesser of two evils” is a bunch of baloney from a Christian perspective. Think of it like this: you are in a room of 100 people. There’s a gun in the room. You all decide you need to choose someone to be in charge of the gun in order to keep you safe. Two people are suggested as candidates. Candidate A says, “I’ll keep everyone safe and defend our group from outside forces but I am going to shoot and kill 6 people.” Candidate B says, “that’s nonsense. I’ll keep us safe but I am going to only kill 3 people.” You couldn’t morally say as a Christian, well I am going to support candidate B because he/she is the lesser of two evils. A properly formed conscience wouldn’t allow you to do that. In fact you would be morally obligated to stop A or B from getting a gun and you should work to convince others to do so as well.
If you really believe that a candidate represents an evil choice, don’t choose evil. One other important note, people aren’t evil. People are inherently good. They may make evil choices and do evil things. This is an important note because we need to pray for all politicians and candidates. No one is too far from God that they cannot change, but don’t vote for a candidate because you hope they might come around…
I want to blame someone else for our current candidates for elected office. Really…this is the best we can do? It’s made me give some thought to what is the role of church and Christians in the political process?
Forming intentional disciples should not only produce great priests and religious sisters. If we as a church are doing a great job of forming disciples we will be producing better doctors, lawyers, waiters, plumbers and even politicians. I would assert that the single greatest political act we could ever do is to engage in forming disciples. You aren’t changing anyone’s mind with a political Facebook rant or telling someone who to vote for. As Christians we are trying to change the world (and therefore government) by changing people’s hearts.
As we take to heart Jesus’ message to go and make disciples of all nations, we realize nothing is more important. We aren’t trying to just boost numbers in the church. At the heart of forming disciples, is the pivotal realization that people need Jesus. When we experience Jesus and learn to follow him, we are set free to discover who we are called to be both in the church and in the world. The bottom line is we need disciples who are politicians and we need disciples at all levels who are choosing our politicians.
I don’t have a good answer for the upcoming election, but I believe that we have the answer for the future. We must do a better job evangelizing and forming disciples. In his letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul gives us the gutsy statement,”Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” This is perhaps one of my favorite and simplest of explanations of what it means to engage in discipleship. It’s not simply telling others about Jesus. It’s inviting people into your life. It’s walking alongside them. It’s teaching others through an investment of our lives. It’s time we realize that as Christians our greatest opportunity to change the world isn’t through an election. It’s through sharing Jesus with people by sharing our very lives with them.
You are not going to choose a savior this November. He already came. Let’s bring more people to him and work to make 2020 a different situation.
You are not going to choose a savior this November. He already came. Read this blog on evangelization and politics. https://t.co/X7ym3255b8
— Andy Lesnefsky (@RedeemedOnline) July 21, 2016