“I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, and steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall endure to the end.”
– Daniel 6:26 NKJV
Imagine that a bill is passed into law in your country, that declares Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and instructs every citizen to fear, acknowledge, and honour Him just because you—a politician with an excellent track record—displayed the power of God to the king or president through one act of faith?
With door-to-door evangelism, it would take a ridiculous number of years to convince every citizen of a nation to achieve what it would take the king a few minutes to achieve through an executive decree. On the flip side, let’s not even attempt to analyse the effect of people in power using their authority and influence to work against the Church and its spread, just like we have in some countries today.
It’s no wonder Apostle Paul tells Timothy to pray for those in positions of authority, because their actions or inaction can affect the Church and the spread of the Gospel (1 Timothy 2:1-2). The Bible makes us understand that it is a win-win situation for both the Gospel and the people of that nation because, “Righteousness exalts a nation…” (Proverbs 14:34), and “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice…” (Proverbs 29:2).
We need to grow past the argument of whether Christians should be involved in politics. The verses above emphasise that God does not just want us to pray for those in authority, He wants us—the righteous—to be in authority.
Yes, politics might be said to be a ‘dirty game’ but you can’t clean a room from the outside! As with the case of Mordecai, when a decree was made that God’s people be wiped out, imagine there was no Esther on the inside to challenge it. Or when famine struck the world in Genesis 41, what would have happened to the people of God, and how would the lineage of Jesus Christ have been preserved if Joseph was not on the inside of the Egyptian government, dispensing grains that kept the people from starvation?
In many countries today, Christians are being persecuted and killed almost daily, insecurity is rampant, people are dying of starvation, and poor governance is costing the peace and joy of the citizens. We can use the help of Daniels, Esthers, and Josephs in every local government, state government, and the federal government.
This is a wake-up call. We must have a passionate desire to see everyone saved, joyous, prosperous, and come to the knowledge of truth. This must fuel our desire to take positions of power. It is time to take the nations for Christ, and politics is one good way.
Bible Reading Plan: 1 Samuel 1-3