It’s okay for a Christian to be involved in politics or to hold political office in government. Examples abound in Scripture of people of God who not only served, but excelled in political jobs:
- Genesis 37:1-50:26; Daniel 6:28; Luke 18:9-14.
Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, is a classic example (Gen 37:1-50:26). Because of his relationship with God, he was able to interpret Pharaohs’ dreams and save Egypt from the impending famine. As a reward, Pharaoh promoted him to second in command of Egypt. Under Joseph’s leadership, Egypt prepared for and prospered during the drought, and most of the surrounding area’s wealth was funneled into Egypt. The Book of Daniel tells of the Jewish prophet Daniel, who became the favored adviser to King Nebuchadnezzar while in captivity in Babylon. It was Daniel’s faithfulness to God that ultimately resulted in his ascension to an influential position in the kingdom. When Babylon was overrun by the Persians, Daniel continued to prosper under their rule as well (Daniel 6:28).
During the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, he encountered many people who held political positions as tax collectors. Most tax collectors were dishonest people and were classified as extortionists, cheats, and adulterers by the Jewish religious leaders and citizens of that time (Luke 18:9-14). Zacchaeus was a wealthy chief tax collector, and yet in Luke 19:8 Jesus was his house guest. Zacchaeus tells Jesus that, “Half of my goods I give to the poor, and if I have wrongfully exacted something from anyone, I restore it fourfold.” Although tax collectors were looked down upon as sinful people, Zacchaeus used his position to help the poor and maintained honesty with others. Jesus commended him by saying in verses 9 and 10, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Maintaining a godly society requires that Christians become involved to some degree in politics. Whether it’s by praying for our leaders, exercising our privilege to vote, or actually holding a political office, Christians should be concerned about how their government is run and their society ruled. A political job or position offers a great opportunity for a Christian to make a positive impact on the lives of many. Politics may seem corrupt and even like a lost cause, but that field is no more corrupt today than it was in the time of Christ. There will always be a need in the political spectrum for godly men and women to serve in an honest way, like Zacchaeus did.
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