Talking religion and politics

To the Editor:

I have heard many times that families and friends should not talk about religion or politics. I will talk about both for just a moment.

First of all, in reply to the letter to the editor from a couple weeks ago, a statement was made that “this is what Lutherans believe” (I am paraphrasing.) The fact is, not every Lutheran agrees on everything. There are 20 different Lutheran synods in America; if there is complete agreement, why so many synods? Differences are found in the teachings of creation, of fellowship, on the authority of Scripture, the roles of men and women and God’s institution of marriage. Just as there are personal differences of belief and ideas among politicians of the same party, so there are differences among those called “Lutheran.”

I would also like to comment on the upcoming marriage amendment vote. The Bible teaches plainly that marriage is between a man and a woman and you can find references to that in both the Old and New Testaments. God’s plan for marriage has not changed over the years. If a voter leaves this particular question unanswered on their ballot, it counts as a “no” vote. If you choose not to vote for a presidential candidate, the vote does not automatically go to one or the other. But that is the case with this question. My encouragement to voters is to cast a vote and not let it be counted as an automatic “no.”

As a coach, I see kids get excited when they are told to get into the game. They want to be involved and have a part. We have that same experience voting. We may wonder if our vote really matters or what will really change. But will anything change if we do nothing? Should the Christian be surprised by legislations that contradict the Bible if that Christian doesn’t use their voice at the polls? It doesn’t mean that everyone will agree with you and that what you support will always pass, but can anything happen if we do nothing?

Religion and politics are things many choose to ignore. Take advantage of the freedoms we have in this country to vote. When the Bible speaks plainly on an issue, use that vote to proclaim His answer.

 

Pastor Tom Schultz

St. John’s, Caledonia, MN

  • sdmnw1976

     It is interesting to note that when Jesus Christ was here on earth, he did not involve himself in politics. In fact, he went out of his way to avoid politics. (Read John 6:15) He made it perfectly clear to his followers that while they were to be good, responsible, and respectful citizens under whichever government they happened to be living under (“Pay back Caesar’s things to Caesar…” Mark 12:17) they were not to involve themselves in politics. (John 17:14-16, John 15:19, John 18:36, ect)  Why? What was the focus and purpose of Jesus’ earthly ministry? Luke 4:43 says “But he said to them: “Also, to other cities I must declare the good news of the kingdom of God, because for THIS I was sent forth.” In his famous ‘model’ or ‘Lord’s Prayer’, he taught his followers to pray for God’s kingdom to come. The work that he commissioned his followers to undertake had nothing to do with politics…it was to “preach the good news of God’s kingdom”. (Matthew 24:14, Matthew 28:19,20)

up arrow