Posted by: michelle2005 | June 27, 2008

“Religion & Politics?”

 

This post is a paraphrase of something I’d recently read.  It was the most rational, well thought out view point on religion & politics I’d ever heard.  It’s my desire that after you read this you, too, will come away with a more logical understanding. 

 

Attempting to mix religion with politics is the wrong way to serve God and the people.  First and foremost because religion is a discipline of faith that has nothing to do with the material needs of a city and country, and politics is a science concerned with the objective reality of a people and not with their spirtual beliefs.

For some Christians this may sound like a good idea, but for the beneficiaries of this political ruse, it’s nothing other than good business, something that doesn’t necessarily favor the Christians.

Voting according to this religious orientation has cost the country more than three trillion dollars in an endless war in Iraq, the deaths of more then four thousand American soliders (about 1000 more than died in Sept 11), and the almost complete collapse of its economy.  It’s cost Iraq tens of thousands of lives and the destruction of the country and it’s future.

Historically, one of the causes of the Arab nations’ misfortunes is precisely the mixing of politics and Islam.  They have tried to run their countries with the teachings of Mohammed, at times administering their faith with political interest, which degenerates into eventual plundering of the public purse, and in other instances administering their political interests using the Islamic faith, which has led to fanaticism and backwardness.

Americans should understand that a politician is not elected president in order to lead a church or to impart doctrines of faith.  A politician is elected in order to govern, and governing means managing the administrative apparatus of the State to meet the material needs of its citizens, while the spiritual leaders of the country are purely religious leaders.  Those who are good Christians are not necessarily good at governing, and those who govern well are not necessarily good Christians.

Hopefully the USA won’t fall into the same trap as some of the Arab nations.

It appears that all the bickering back and forth has done exactly what it’s intended to accomplish…create chaos, suspicion and mistrust within our own camp.   As long as folks are caught up with trying to “one up each other”…we will never move forward.

Best Regards,

Michelle

 

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Responses

  1. I like this.
    Haven’t given much thoght to politics and religion together…except for what the headlines bring to us everyday.

    One thing I always wondered, being that I am not belonging to any form of organized religion. How come folks are so determined to make choices based on the upbringing of someone else. Just like this blog points out, you have good seeds that arent followers and you have bad seeds that claim they are followers. Also, it really doesnt have a relation to how well someone leads the people. I personally think that people are either born leaders or they aren’t.

    In this day and age, will all the mistakes that we have made as a country, I feel that now more then ever..people will pay attn to policies rather then religion when making their decision.

    Unless of course they are affected by the smears and they themselves cant think for themselves..

    anyways sorry for the long post
    kudos!

  2. hellakali,

    Thank you for your kind comment. No need to apologize for (what you thought was) a long post.

    It was an absolute delight to read what you had to say! You are absolutely right on target with your remarks.

    Leaders are, indeed, born and not made. There are plenty of folks that I’ve met along this road of life that had extensive educational backgrounds. However, this was no guarantee that they could get along with people, or make wise decisions.

    My personal experience with gathering my travel team, or those that had a desire to work with me overseas…all had that ability to go cross-culturally. There was no guile or arrogance in them. Most were very well educated. Yet, I must tell you of those that were less educated…

    …at first, those with less education felt a bit intimadated, but only briefly. They were amazing! They had the attitude of a “learner”…always seeking to go the extra mile. They never complained, no matter which nation we found ourselves in. Everything I did required one to have a “heart of a servant” (as laid out in Scripture). However, this attitude had to first be within me.

    Having a heart attitude like this was of GREAT value. It was God given. Someone once said that “It’s your attitude that determines your altitude”. This has proven to be a fact.

    I don’t know if I mentioned to you in previous comments but…I was told that I could not possibly be a “true” Christian if I didn’t vote Republican. This is the most ridiculous thing I’d been told in a long time.

    Michelle


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