As I am writing this, I am watching live coverage of the Republican National Convention. For many evangelical Christians, it would be fair to say that this is not the convention that we had hoped to be watching. Many evangelicals have reservations about the Republican nominee, but they also have reservations about the presumptive Democratic nominee. Maybe they don’t feel comfortable voting for the Libertarian Party or the Green Party either for various ideological reasons.
For me, watching this convention as an evangelical Christian is kind of like what it must feel like to be the only kid at the high school dance without a date. You’re watching a bunch of other people have fun and celebrate, but you aren’t in the right position to join in because you don’t have a partner.
What are we to do then as evangelical Christians who feel like we are over by the punch bowl without a partner to be celebrating with?
The first thing that we need to do is remember that our Christian testimony cannot be affected whatsoever by the candidates we find on the ballot.
Our Christianity has never been tied to a political office; we don’t crumble if we don’t feel like there is a candidate on the ballot who represents our interests. We continue doing what Jesus Christ commanded us to do.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20, KJV).
Does this mean that we don’t engage in politics? Absolutely not. I have written many times about the need for Christians to be active in the public square and to engage from a distinctly Christian worldview. We need to present the Truth and stand firm for our convictions.
We advocate for policies and positions that are consistent with our worldview, just like all politicians do, because we believe they will be what is best for our country. I absolutely believe that Judeo-Christian values are good for America and would advocate for laws that are consistent with that belief system. What I have said here does not diminish any of that.
However, as Christians, we are never at the dance without a partner. We have a Partner who is going to be with us no matter what happens in the chaotic situation we find ourselves in.