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Politics and Religion: Do They Mix?
The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 4/30/31 | Chuck Ness

Posted on 05/01/2014 9:43:21 AM PDT by OneVike


Most people would agree that politics and religion are the two most likely topics that divide even the best of friends. Websters dictionary says that politics is the political opinions or sympathies of a person, while it says that religion is a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith. I don’t see the difference between the two.

When I watch elected officials on the floor of the US Senate or House, I am reminded of an old friend of mine who pastors a church in Columbus, Georgia. He will flail his arms all around as he preaches his views on the Holy Scriptures. If your in agreement with their opinion, you could easily get engrossed as you listen to them share their deep-seated and fervent beliefs in such an animated way.

During the election season, we watch with anticipation as our chosen candidates addresses the issues. Like a congregation sitting in the pews of a church, the crowds long to hear something that will touch the part of their soul that yearned for truth. These yearnings differ...

(Excerpt) Read more at therelevantchristianmagazine.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: faith; federalistpapers; foundingfathers; politics
I for one am fed up with the establishment mentality that we Christians need not be seen nor heard until it's time to enter that voting booth, and then we better vote for the Democrat lite candidate they have given us.

I am also fed up with the preachers who claim we should never mention politics in church during an election period. Year after year we see our rights as Christians in America being shredded from the constitution while those things the constitution never mentioned are approved by decree of activist judges who have been educated beyond their intelligence.

1 posted on 05/01/2014 9:43:22 AM PDT by OneVike
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I know I posted this last night, but I forgot to post the link to the whole article. So forgive me for the extra ping to it.


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2 posted on 05/01/2014 9:47:09 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

Thomas Jefferson 3rd U.S. President, Drafter and Signer of the Declaration of Independence “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.” —Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.


3 posted on 05/01/2014 9:49:11 AM PDT by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: Mechanicos

Exactly. Thanks.


4 posted on 05/01/2014 9:51:08 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike
The state of the church (God's people, the body of Christ) determines the state of the world. So the religious landscape determines the political landscape.

We are in the Laodicean age, the last age before Christ's return. The Laodicean church is described as saying, "We have need of nothing" and Christ is seen outside the church ardently and politely knocking on the door to be let back in.

The world we live in has followed suit, says, "We have need of nothing", and also kicked God out of society.

To his people, God is saying, "[B]ehold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you (Is 60:1-2).

5 posted on 05/01/2014 10:01:06 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

Amen, you are so right about the Luke warm times we live in.

Perfect analogy using the church of Laodicea.


6 posted on 05/01/2014 10:03:17 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3150694/posts

Already posted, with a good discussion ongoing.


7 posted on 05/01/2014 10:27:44 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: OneVike

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8 posted on 05/01/2014 10:33:42 AM PDT by afsnco
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To: Pollster1

Yes, but the link was forgotten.


9 posted on 05/01/2014 10:34:10 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: afsnco

True, but what is your take on separating your political thought from your faith?


10 posted on 05/01/2014 10:42:22 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: afsnco

Everybody votes for what the America that they desire.
For believing Christians it is traditional America and freedom and limited government. For atheists and the weak of faith, and the anti-faith, it is liberalism and the resulting oppression and big government.


11 posted on 05/01/2014 10:47:37 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

I agree. Thanks for clarifying your stance.


12 posted on 05/01/2014 10:51:25 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

Clarifying my stance?

What are you talking about?


13 posted on 05/01/2014 10:55:26 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: OneVike

Politics and Religion: Do They Mix?


Depends on your politics...and your religion.


14 posted on 05/01/2014 11:04:59 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: OneVike

Everyone, religious or not, has a philosophical worldview by which he determines what he think is politically right and wrong. Religious folk are just more able to identify their worldview and more honest in admitting their predispositions. Secular materialism is as much a religion as Christianity.


15 posted on 05/01/2014 11:07:33 AM PDT by Socon-Econ
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To: ansel12

Sorry, I mistook you for another.

Don’t worry, I am not psychic.

LOL


16 posted on 05/01/2014 11:10:21 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: cuban leaf

Good point.

If you would have read the article you would know the article is speaking of Christianity and conservative politics.


17 posted on 05/01/2014 11:12:02 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: Socon-Econ

Exactly.


18 posted on 05/01/2014 11:12:25 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

Yes, but Christianity and conservative politics also have subgroups. And different people practice both in different ways.

I was trying to stay within the scope of the article.

I confess that I cringe when I see an American flag in a church.


19 posted on 05/01/2014 11:14:57 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

Yea, I don’t know if it’s necessary to have the flag, but on the same point GI feel as if God had ordained our existence as a beacon to the world. We still would be a beacon had we not kicked Him out.


20 posted on 05/01/2014 1:27:14 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

That may be one of the reasons I bristle at the flag in the church.


21 posted on 05/01/2014 1:51:32 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: OneVike

Totalitarians don’t like religion because they see it as competition. Nothing must be seen to be superior to govt.

Anyhow, most of the people I know who think of religious people as superstitious idiots are themselves worshippers of govt. They believe that govt will fix social problems and protect them from evil in spite of all evidence that the govt is the source of much of the world’s evil and social problems. They are as steeped in superstition as a medieval serf but unfortunately lack any sense of self-evaluation. They remain blissfully unaware of the road to ruin they follow.

So, no, it is impossible to live any aspect of life outside of one’s religious views. Only a fool actually believes it can be removed from politics.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 2:02:38 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Gully Foyle is my name, and Terra is my nation)
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To: OneVike
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23 posted on 05/01/2014 5:17:04 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: OneVike
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24 posted on 05/01/2014 5:17:04 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

Is that you in the videos?

If so, you have my book cases.

They look real good next to my desk.

LOL

Interesting message.

Thanks


25 posted on 05/01/2014 7:02:53 PM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

Buuuump!


26 posted on 05/01/2014 8:40:42 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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