A Discussion On God And Politics

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We all know that we aren’t supposed to talk about God and politics, at least not together that is. The problem with this “prohibition” is that it contributes to the shenanigans that occur when people actually get around to discussing these 2 topics. In general they do a pretty bad job.

If you have a Facebook account you have to be well aware of what I am talking about. Right now is high political season in the United States, or the beginning of the season I have come to view as the time where all across social media and media in general, we are told how “God would have us vote.”

Want A Prime Example:

Or here is another one:

As a Christian, I am weary of people and organizations that try to tell me how Christians should act and vote. Especially people and organizations that have not shared in my personal journey to Christ. Pretty much every politician and political organization falls into this category. My relationship with God is personal and does not in any way travel through Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump or any other politician. 

Nor do I need my commitment to charity and brotherhood be called to task for supporting or not supporting a government program, either well meaning or contrived. When politicians pull the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) card, it is insulting to me. Even more so when it is parsed into a meme as seen above and passed around social media with all of the nuance of a leopard skin chaise lounge.

Please, don’t be that person.

I think God has made it pretty clear the things he is concerned with.

To the woman at the well he said, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Everlasting Life has NEVER been the purview of the Government and cannot be granted by electoral results.

So who would God have me vote for this election season?

Well that is really none of your business.

Now all of that being said, I also believe we have a responsibility to be good citizens of the country in which we reside and this means to take an educated and thoughtful approach when voting. To seek out those candidates and positions for which we can support and stand behind. This means sometimes blocking out the media hailstorm that surrounds these issues and digging down to find out who and what we can support.

So in conclusion, if you are trying to sell me politics by saying it has God’s stamp of approval on it, please stop.

Instead please share the reasons for why I can and should support a cause or a person, and that is enough.

Jen




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      Thanks Janine! I was kind of hoping I wasn’t alone here. I appreciate your encouraging words!

  1. Facebook is a pain. I’m on it, but it’s a pain. Yes there are folks that are always right about everything and if God gets them the vote they want then they use it. I’m so with you on this. There is too much private stuff out there that is not your business or mine, but a league of folks that want us to side one way or another.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺
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      Although I am a BIG fan of social media, it feels like some pretty important filters have been taken away and no one fact checks anymore. If it is a “cool” meme that aligns with someones beliefs, I think it gets shared more often that not. Even if it is totally untrue!
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  2. *applause*

    Oh my goodness, YES! We have an election going on here in Canada and I’ve been hearing a lot of “Christians shouldn’t vote for XYZ” and it infuriates me!

    I will look at the candidate’s platforms and chose the one that it closest aligned with my principles, convictions, and my family’s needs. I will pray about my vote and my fellow citizen’s votes. I refuse to partake in slamming individuals or trying to sway people to vote for who I prefer.

    Great post Jen!

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo
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      Thank you Jennifer! I appreciate your support here! Really!

      That is exactly how I vote as well. I include God in the process, but in a personal way. I know His laws supersede man made laws and me trying to say what aligns with His plans is a very bad idea.

    1. Thanks Kimberly! At this time of year social media gets a little crazy and there is some crazy stuff going on over there, but you are right. There is a better way and I am choosing it. Glad I’m not alone :)
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      Yep, and leave it up to us to decide. I still really believe people in general are good and that they will choose that which is good. Some people don’t believe that, but I’m sticking to it!

  3. Hi Jen, too right! Since when have political views and religious beliefs had anything to do with each other? They are personal beliefs and religion should not be used to boost political campaigns or to put pressure on people to vote for certain people/political groups. It’s just plain wrong.

    You’ve probably written what many people are thinking, good on you for that!

    xx
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    Thanks Debbie! I wasn’t sure how this would be received. People get pretty nasty about politics.

    I loved what Jennifer said above, ” I will look at the candidate’s platforms and chose the one that it closest aligned with my principles, convictions, and my family’s needs. I will pray about my vote and my fellow citizen’s votes. I refuse to partake in slamming individuals or trying to sway people to vote for who I prefer.”

    That is exactly how I vote and how I hope most people vote! With a thoughtful and measured vote.
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    1. Jennifer’s approach is pretty much, the right way of going about voting. Why vote for some party using bully tactics when they are obviously concentrating too much time spewing rubbish and not enough time thinking about the real needs of people.

      xx
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  5. Right. Politics + Religion + Facebook = buffoonery! I think you said it a lot more eloquently than I would have. I can’t seem to get it right without swear words in it! Oops!
    I never share or create any posts like that. Ever. I will occasionally admire a political post, but generally not like the ones above!
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      I do have a right stomping mad session every time I see junk like those memes and then I block (yay for technology) and move on. I really like seeing kittens, dogs, vacation pictures and funny stories on Facebook. Political posts just mess with my mojo.
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  6. This is an incredibly insightful post. Seriously, you are right. Whether we are religious or not, the appropriate conversation is how can these politicians help us move forward as Americans and protect our citizen rights.
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  7. I hate those memes with a passion, and it does seem like Facebook is full of them on both sides. Totally agree with you that the most important thing is to make a well informed decision when voting. Don’t base it off of some meme.
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      The sad thing is I think some people do just that. That is why social media has become one of the biggest hotbeds for political discussion. It makes me sad, but I am hopeful that there are still quite a few of us out there who don’t get swayed or confused by all of that!
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  8. Ugh! I so get this. Politics have gotten out of control, and there really is no “right” answer. As citizens we have to seek to be informed and then make the decision that most closely aligns with what we believe. The only way to get an elected official who completely agrees with everything you believe is to run yourself and then vote for yourself!
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      I know that is so true! As someone who has worked closely to help get politicians elected, sometimes there is a lot of cray stuff they do that I just can’t believe! I could write a book about all of that someday. I would have to change my name and move far away though, because some of these people are still in office!
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  9. You know, I’m really not sure who those ads are supposed to appeal to. If a person wasn’t religious they probably wouldn’t care about them one way or the other. If a person was religious it seems like they’d probably be offended. Kind of like the jumping Jesus popper things from the party favor store.
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