For many, civil government and spirituality are diametrically opposed. Often, Christians see absolutely no reason to get involved with anything having to do with politics, even to the point of not voting. Three common reasons are:
• The Bible has nothing to say about government, so why should I care?
• There’s nothing I can do to make a difference.
• Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point.
Today we'll take a closer look at the third statement through a biblical lens.
Jesus is coming back in my generation, so there’s no point
Ever since the early church, each generation has genuinely believed that it would be the one to see Jesus return. Christians worldwide are anticipating His return in their lifetime. While it’s good to be looking forward to the day of Jesus’ return (Phil. 3:20-21), the Bible also makes it clear that “ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matt. 24:42). Jesus further stated, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matt. 24:36).
The problem arises when well-meaning Christians take no regard for their futures because they don’t believe they will live to see them! This point of view keeps many from doing practical things like saving money for retirement or planning for their children’s futures, even though Proverbs 13:22 tells us “a good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.”
It also gives many believers a handy excuse for not being involved in the future of their countries. They see no reason to protect the foundation of godliness in their nations. But instead of gazing into the sky looking for Jesus, we need to follow His command to “occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13). We must be about the Father’s business of building His kingdom on earth, which includes driving out the unrighteousness in our cities, states, and nations.
Consider these sobering words of Reverend Matthias Burnett in 1803:
Ye…whose high prerogative it is to…invest with office and authority or to withhold them and in whose power it is to save or destroy your country, consider well the important trust…which God [has] put into your hands. To God and posterity you are accountable for them...Let not your children have reason to curse you for giving up those rights and prostrating those institutions which your fathers delivered to you.1
What if we’re wrong about Jesus coming back in our generation? What kind of legacy will we leave our children and grandchildren? And will they curse us for not fighting for the principles upon which our Founding Fathers built this great nation?
1 Matthias Burnett, An Election Sermon, Preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803 (Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803).
This is part three of a five part series adapted and reprinted from the article "Should Christians Get Involved?" originally printed in the Fall/Winter 2012 edition of Andrew Wommack Ministries Gospel Truth magazine.