Religion and Politics
The question has been raised here about the inclusion of political issues in a religious forum. It is a valid question. It was recognized by the founding fathers when they wrote the First Amendment. If we are to confine ourselves to theological issues then politics clearly falls outside of our spectrum.
As ministers, however, we must be concerned about the earthly lives of those entrusted to our care. Yeshua was clearly concerned about the health of God's children. He performed a miracle so those who came to hear Him would not go hungry. The book of Acts tells us that the early church responded to the earthly needs of the people.
In our society, we have come to depend on the government to meet these needs. I have spoken before about the inefficiency of this practice but I doubt that it will change any time soon. I have also mentioned the fact that people will not be concerned about spiritual matters if their physical needs are unmet. And I have also cited the effect of the current economic downturn on the support given to churches and charitable organizations.
Is God concerned about politics? Not really. When you are Lord of the universe, any earthly office would be a downward career move. But we need to be aware of the intent and ability of political candidates to meet the needs of our flock. God has all of eternity to see His plan to its successful conclusion. The needs of our people are more immediate.