The current political campaign has stirred up a lot of discussion about the religious affiliations of the candidates. I have a more basic question. If somebody is not doing what their alleged religious icon told them to do, can they claim to be a follower of that icon? We have seen a lot of politicians try to gain political support by claiming to be devout Christians. But if their actions are the opposite of what Yeshua told us to do, aren't they just a CHINO (Christian In Name Only)?
The Bible tells us that our faith will be judged by our works.
Matthew 5:16-Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 8:39-They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
John 10:37-If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
John 10:38-But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
So when we see politicians making loud noises about how religious they are, should we ignore the loud noise and pay attention to what they do and what they promise to do if elected? What did Yeshua tell us to do?
Matthew 19:21-Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Luke 14:13-But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
James 2:6-But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
As the great Chinese philosopher Marvin Gaye said in "Heard It Through the Grapevine",
People say believe half of what you see,
Son, and none of what you hear.
Good advice, especially if you hear it from a CHINO.