Should Christians be involved in politics?

Do you know what I secretly desire to do?  I want to move to the country and have a little house and a garden.  I want to read books, and make strawberry jam and play my guitar.  I want to make quilts and gather herbs from my garden to dry and make into aromatic wreaths.  I want to have friends over for tea and just laugh and talk and sing.  I want to work on projects around the house and watch movies with my husband.  I want to play scrabble with my boys and try new recipes with them.  I want to learn to make quilts.  I want to listen to my children  play the piano.

I’m selfish.  I don’t want to talk about politics at all, and I have no desire to be privy to all the evil that’s going on right now. I want to let all the progressives do their thing and face the consequences of their sin.  I’m like Jonah.  I don’t want to warn anybody about anything. I’m not brave or self-sacrificing like our founders were.  I’m not like Abigail Adams or Martha Washington.  If not for them….if not for the Christians we would not have a United States of America at all.

I don’t believe God wants me to live the good life and not care that our world is crumbling.  He has called me to be a soldier and to fight this culture war.  He has called us all to do our part and  defend freedom and all that is good.  He has called on us to be involved in praying for and selecting Godly leaders.  He has called us to VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Please vote this Tuesday.  Please vote for the conservatives in your part of the Country.  Please…let’s all do our part to save our America!

Matthias Burnett  (1774 – 1819)

Consider well the important trust . . . which God . . . [has] put into your hands. . . . To God and posterity you are accountable for [your rights and your rulers]. . . . Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you. . . . [L]ook well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust. . . . Think not that your interests will be safe in the hands of the weak and ignorant; or faithfully managed by the impious, the dissolute and the immoral. Think not that men who acknowledge not the providence of God nor regard His laws will be uncorrupt in office, firm in defense of the righteous cause against the oppressor, or resolutely oppose the torrent of iniquity. . . . Watch over your liberties and privileges – civil and religious – with a careful eye.

Charles Finney

[T]he time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them. . . . Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently. . . . Christians seem to act as if they thought God did not see what they do in politics. But I tell you He does see it – and He will bless or curse this nation according to the course they [Christians] take [in politics].

James Garfield

Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.

John Jay

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.

[John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. IV, p. 365.]

The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live.

William Penn

Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend upon men than men upon governments. Let men be good and the government cannot be bad. . . . But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn. . . .[T]hough good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws may want [lack] good men and be abolished or invaded by ill men; but good men will never want good laws nor suffer [allow] ill ones.

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