Religion and Politics
There has been a lot of discussion on this board about the inclusion of political topics in a religious forum. Rightfully so. On the surface, religion deals with spiritual matters while politics deals with worldly matters. They would seem to be opposite ends of the spectrum. The problem comes when politicians introduce theology into their political campaigns.
When it comes to politicians, I think it is important to distinguish between religion and spirituality. Spirituality is the internal relationship between a person and the Spirit of God within him. Religion is the outward expression of that spirituality. Certainly it is possible to be spiritual without being religious. The focus of Yeshua's ministry was developing a relationship with God, not the religious organizations. It is also possible to be very religious
but totally lacking in spirituality. This was Yeshua's big complaint about the religious professionals of His day. You can not read Matthew 23 without coming to the conclusion that Yeshua had a poor opinion of the religious professionals of His day.
I believe He would have the same opinion today of politicians who make a big show of their religion in their quest for political support. When we see this, we should ask ourselves whether the political actions advocated by the candidate are in accord with their statements of religious conviction. If I claim to be a disciple of a religious mentor, should I not do what that mentor told me to do? Although the Bible tells us we can not work our way into heaven, our works should be representative of our faith.
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.
So when politicians talk about their faith, we need to ask ourselves whether the actions they advocate are in accord with that faith. If not, they are no better than the religious professionals Yeshua spoke against.
Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,