by Rev. Johnny Lee Clary © www.johnnyleeclary.com
There is a huge movement underway, with books being written and endorsed by pastors of large churches telling people that Christians should never be involved in politics and that if they are then they are turning unbelievers away from Christ. These books are not worth buying. Their authors are worthless because they lack knowledge and wisdom when it comes to God’s word and therefore should not be telling Christians how to live their lives.
All political power has been delegated by God. As Apostle Paul says in Romans 13:1, in speaking on the subject of civil authority, “Every person should obey the government in power. No government would exist if it hadn’t been established by God. The governments which exist have been put in place by God.”
People accuse me all the time of being disobedient to God’s word for criticizing government officials, using Romans 13:1 to justify that accusation. I always point out to them that if that is true that I am disobedient, then so were the Apostles, John and Peter. The ruling authority commanded and ordered them not to preach Jesus and they replied they must obey God rather than men. Therefore, the word of God is plain; we do not have to obey government authority when it conflicts with God’s word.
Now the key here is that when you have a government that is hostile to or just plain old anti-Christian, you must get involved with politics in order to change the government to be favorable to God’s word and the way to do that is to put Christians in power!I see people’s profiles on social websites all the time that has where it says the word politics: “Who Cares?” I say “YOU should care because these people are running your life!” If your pastors are telling you it is improper for Christians to get involved in politics, get out of their church and do not give them any more of your hard earned dollars! You see, to them it is all about money anyway. They probably just want you all wrapped up in their agendas, which they will disguise as “God’s agenda” but in truth it is just programs designed to control your life and make them more money.
A true pastor is a man or woman of God who will want you involved in politics in order to build a godly society for our children and their children’ s future! So you see, politics is about who will have the authority and power direct from God Himself who works through people to direct the affairs of our common public life. The direction we travel in depends on the choices that we make. Therefore it is our choice to elect a God fearing candidate to public office to direct the direction of our lives and the lives of our children, or to elect to office a secular humanist that will govern our lives according to every ungodly satanic principle that is available to them.
You can elect those who have no regard for the Bible or God’s laws and principles, or you can elect those who are humble and recognize that the authority they have that comes with the office they hold has been delegated to them by God and they are accountable to Him for their use of it.
It is insane for Christians to remove themselves from political activism using the excuse of “Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics,” when the Bible, which is the Holy Word and authoritative book they claim to live by and profess to believe, tells them that political power comes directly from the very God they worship!
Some of these same Christians that say we don’t need to be involved in politics because it is a dirty business, fail to realize that the church can be a dirty business too! I have been a minister for nearly 20 years and I can’t even begin to tell you how many times a pastor has ripped off my love offering the people wanted to give me, or all the backstabbing, greed, gossip, and slander that I have seen in the churches, not to mention the sexual perversion and immorality that goes on. I have had just as many propositions from church girls, and more opportunities to get laid than I ever did with the barroom honky-tonk girls or the whores who make a living hooking. Therefore if we as Christians do not need to be involved with politics because it is dirty, then we do not need to be involved with the church either.
When a Christian refuses to get involved in politics, he or she is yielding the authority over our public lives to those who hate God or have no respect for God who gives them that authority. They have abandoned their child’s future to atheists, Muslims and secularists!
They have no one to blame but themselves when prayer is outlawed in public places, signs with the name of Jesus are removed from public buildings, homosexuals are parading in the streets holding “pride” marches, abortion on demand is made available in every town in addition to teenage daughters at the school without parental notification, and secular science is taught in place of creationism.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus said “I have given you the authority to trample snakes and scorpions and to destroy the enemy’s power. Nothing will hurt you.”
The question is, what are YOU doing with that authority? Are you listening to those lunatics that tell you a Christian should never be involved in politics therefore yielding the governmental authority that controls your life to the ungodly? Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do? Have you ever been sued or taken to court for any reason whatsoever where you knew you were not guilty? Have you ever been arrested for something you didn’t do? If that ever happens to you then which kind of judge would you rather hear your case; a Christian judge, or a secular humanist left wing liberal with no love for God? How about some of you men who have ever gone through a divorce? Would you rather have a Christian judge that loves the Lord decide who gets what, or would you rather take your chances with a feminist man-hating liberal who thinks all men should pay for the mistreatment of women in today’s society?
You are the one who has the power to elect these public officials and if you refuse to get involved with politics then you have no one to blame but yourself whenever the elected officials turn out to be ungodly animalistic God-haters.
I read where one writer said that in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said that we are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” Salt was used, in the lack of refrigeration, to stop the spread of decay. Light was used to do away with darkness as it is today.
Jesus was saying that He desires His followers to get involved with all of life so that by our presence the spread of moral corruption can be stopped and detained and darkness and ignorance about important matters can be replaced with light and truth.”
Also wherever this is no light or salt, then there will be darkness and decay, which is what will happen if Christians refuse to get involved in politics.
The Lord is depending on us because He works through people. That is His plan for us to be the salt and light of the world. There is no alternative plan.
The truth of the matter is, those who say Christians should never be involved in politics have no right whatsoever to complain about any immorality in society or anti-Christian laws or rulings. Pastors, authors, or laymen who tell Christians to stay out of politics are nothing more than bold-faced liars and hypocrites if they ever use instances of immorality, moral decay, or anti-Christian laws as an illustration of any kind in their sermons, writings, or witnessing.
So many of these people love to complain about how bad things are in today’s society, but like a rabid dog, they immediately attack and turn on any Christian who agrees with them and then actually tries to do something about it.
Lawmakers have the very power and authority of God in their hands, so Christians have much more reason to be involved in politics than the secular humanists.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was heavily involved in politics and he encouraged others to do the same. He said:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
“We will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Finally John F. Kennedy said, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
May we all love our Country enough to get politically active and do something!
Rev. Johnny Lee Clary is one of the leading advocates for racial unity in the United States and has appeared on countless television and radio shows such as The Billy Graham Radio show, Fox News, Morris Cerullo, Oprah, Morton Downey Jr., Rolanda Watts, Geraldo, Sally Jesse Raphael, Jerry Springer, Ricki Lake, Queen Latifah, Montel Williams, Phil Donahue, A&E Investigative Reports, ABC World News Tonight, Bertrice Berry, Sunrise Today,
The Today Show, A Current Affair, The 700 Club, and Kenneth Copeland’s TV show. He has also been a regular guest on TBN’s Praise The Lord show and has been featured in America’s top newspapers and magazines, including a seven page feature story in Charisma magazine in April 1999, Moody Magazine, Guidepost Magazine (Sept. 1998), Kenneth Copeland’s Believer’s Voice of Victory magazine, as well as appearances on TV programs in Australia, England, Holland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, and Wales.