Should Christians Get Involved With Politics Or Stay Out Of It?
by Claudia Kalmikov
In my city, we have one Evangelical Christian who is currently on city council and will be vacating his seat along with two other council members. To fill these three seats, there are three Evangelical Christian pastors, who are running among other candidates of different faiths. The opposition to these Christian candidates (because they are Christian and have been endorsed by the sitting Christian councilmember) has been nothing short of spiritual warfare at its best. The mud-slinging has been over the top. I admire these pastors for their strength, perseverance and faith in the midst of such hate being directed at them. The Bible tells us that if we experience persecution, that we are assured the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:10-11).
But we must not miss the very obvious assumption that underlies the hostility; that Christians should have no place in politics, including the city council. I believe this is a misunderstanding of what Christians are really trying to impose on the culture…