Back in the olden days, when most everyone thought civility and good manners were important, people were advised to avoid discussing either religion or politics in social situations because those who hold opinions on these two topics usually have deep convictions. It was understood that these were “hot button” topics which could lead to heated conversations, at best, and fisticuffs at worst; outcomes no gracious hostess would welcome.
Somehow, as our culture has evolved, we’ve lost the need to even remain civil when talking politics, but discussing one’s faith, outside the sanctuary, continues to be considered rude by a growing segment of society, and people of faith have even been made to feel that they have no business mixing their religious beliefs with politics.
Why is that? A person’s faith informs his worldview. As a Christian, all my political ideals are based on Christ’s teachings. My vote is always filtered through this lens, just as the liberal or progressive voter’s ballot choices are influenced by that person’s worldview.
Anyone who has heard many Christian sermons is familiar with the concepts of being “salt and light in the world” and being “in the world, but not of the world.” We can only do that by being politically aware and active, not by huddling inside the sanctuary, wringing our hands and bemoaning the current state of affairs in our county, state or country. We have been intimated by being bludgeoned with a twisted application of Thomas Jefferson’s writings about the separation of church and state, but he was speaking of the establishment of an official government religion. It is well past time for us to become educated on history, government and politics, distasteful as that may be. Let’s get “out of the salt shaker” and start meeting our responsibilities. It’s time to stand up for Jesus, don’t you think?