Your faith should trump your politics (And not every authority is meant to be obeyed)

Not every authority should be obeyed, and not every rebellion is negative. If you are rebelling in a spirit that leads you to kill, steal, and destroy, as well as one that encourages chaos and confusion, you are serving Satan. It may not be as blunt as that when applied to your life, but our choices lead to spiritual fruit which, when fully grown, lead to death or new life. If you’re serving the Lord, you are obeying a spirit that is “first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17).

If we are obeying every authority as if they were God, and rebelling against every authority as if they were Satan, some of us will end up serving Satan. If you never examine exactly what kind of spirit you are encouraging by the things you do, say, or think, then there is a lot of room there to be led away complacently by the enemy. Consider this a call to discernment.

Beyond politics, we are called to obey a loving God. Because Satan is deceptive, he can work his way into any kind of rhetoric for his own destructive purposes, and he can certainly be present in the church (which is why we are called to be vigilant). Christians have what they need to address every sin if we are open to receiving and asking for God’s help.  2 Timothy 1:7 tells us “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (KJV). If you have the power to resist the Devil as Christ did in the wilderness, then you also have the ability to serve the Lord out of continuously better intentions, for his Kingdom’s glory.

The life of a Christian isn’t meant to be more political than your faith is strong enough to support. If you serve your political beliefs more than you love the Lord and cherish his holy word, you will be impossible to correct, and spread anger and backbiting in your approach to others. Romans 12:6 tells us to use prophecy in proportion to our faith, and for the purpose of this conversation, prophecy can just stand to mean “the art of telling the truth for God’s glory and purpose”. If we are trying to speak on behalf of God more than we are loving and cherishing him and his people, we become a clanging cymbal (1 Corinthians 13:1).


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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