We often tend to compartmentalize our lives to some degree. We like to keep different aspects of our lives separate from each other. We try not to let business troubles adversely affect our family lives. We don’t share details of our family life with friends when we are out having a good time. Keeping different parts of our lives separate from each other is not really a bad thing except when it comes to religion. Religion is the one area of life that cannot be isolated in its own little compartment. If we are a Christian, then Christianity must have an effect on every other part of our lives. Even our politics. It is often said that there are two subjects you must never discuss in public, politics and religion. People often have very strong feelings on both subjects and discussions on either subject can become rather heated. Nonetheless, when it comes to politics, as a Christian there are two principles we must keep in mind. First, as a Christian I am to have a positive influence on the world. In Matthew 5:13-14 Jesus said that we are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. As a Christian every aspect of your life, including your politics, should influence others for good. Secondly, if I knowingly support those who actively promote sin I am guilty of sin myself. In 1 Timothy 5:22 the apostle Paul said that we should not “share in other people’s sins”. In Ephesians 5:11 Paul wrote that we should “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them.” We cannot support those who advocate sin. Sometimes people try to justify voting for a person or a party that advocates sin by saying “one is just as bad as the other, there is no real difference.” If that were true, if one was really just as bad as the other, that would justify us in not voting at all. If we as Christians support those who actively support sin then “the salt” has lost its flavor, the “light of the world” has been placed under a basket, and we are no longer the saving influence of the world.
Politics and Religion