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A Prayer

February 16, 2012

There are so, so many things I dislike about the current political landscape and climate in America. I know that this world isn’t my home and that I serve a powerful, loving King who is unaffected by the trappings of bureaucracy, but my heart still aches for a system to deliver justice. With all that angers and frustrates me, sometimes I wish I could make the choice to be apathetic, but as a Christian, I believe I am called to participate in this system because God has told us over and over and over again that He cares deeply about justice for the oppressed and the poor. Seriously, it’s a lot. I think he cares about Christians caring for “the least of them” more than just about anything else, if we’re judging based on the number of times it’s mentioned in the Bible. “Love,” he said. And this morning as I was reading, I saw that He also said this:

“Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their pray and robbing the fatherless.”

It’s from Isaiah 10:1-2. It hit me so hard today: God has a righteous anger. His anger comes from love. He loves the oppressed so deeply that (in the rest of the chapter of Isaiah) he brings destruction on those who intentionally hurt them.

Now, without getting too controversial, we can take a prominent current example of this type of person (the unjust decree making kind) and look at their lawmaking history and business records and the things they’ve specifically said about the poor, and as Christians, have a clearer picture on how God would feel about them being powerful in America. His name rhymes with “sitt somney.”

I can hear it now: “But he’s against gay marriage and he has such American family values!!”

CHRISTIANS. STOP. Look at the heart of God, and see His compassion. See His wrath for those who oppress the poor with laws and unfair taxes and discrimination in education and racial profiling and unjust labor laws and a minimum wage that’s impossible to live on. HE CARES about the people who our votes either help or hurt. And a candidate claiming Christianity but repeatedly oppressing the poor is a very dangerous contradiction in character, according to the Bible.

I know that it’s not easy. I know that moving out of the little Republican box means talking about things like welfare and abortion and socializing healthcare. But when we see the anger of God turn time and time again on the people whose actions—and here He specifically talks about legislation—oppress His beloved children, is it worth it to be so afraid of “the other” (shoutout to CORE120) that we displease God and sin against our brothers by robbing them and keeping them in poverty?

I struggle with where the line of justice falls. I don’t know how I feel about some of the issues. Beyond how I feel, I don’t know what’s right or just by God’s standards.

But it’s pretty simple to see and understand that He loves the poor. And if we are here to do His will and bring glory to His name, everything about our lives—the way we consume, the churches we go to, the way we vote—should be reflective of that.

So. It’s not an easy decision. I’m not saying there’s a good party and a bad one, or a godly party and an ungodly one. He doesn’t play our games and He doesn’t endorse candidates to make it easy for us. Each side has its merits and its shortcomings.

But as I try to make sense of the absurdity and chaos that is the 2012 Presidential election, I want my values and decisions to line up with His. Because the Bible says that He cares, and I want to care about what He does. If we’re seeking God’s direction in decisions about this country, we’ll probably hear Him calling us against policy that hurts the poor, over and over.

And this post is not just about Mitt Romney, but about all who act in this way.

This is probably the last time I’ll talk about politics for a long time, so if you got bored, sorry. If you got offended, please bookmark this post and read it weekly.

So this is my prayer for America and especially American Christians. That we would not oppress the poor, but care for the marginalized and hurting. That politics wouldn’t keep us on the other side of a line God’s trying to get us to cross. That we would see the Father’s love for the least and mirror it in all we do. That we wouldn’t be scared or weak in the face of injustice, and that we would never find ourselves among those who make laws against the orphaned and the widowed. And ultimately, that when we act in the political arena and all others, we would always, always do it with God’s love in our decisions.

Okay, that’s all. Come back next week for more on fiberglass chairs and cupcakes or whatever I usually talk about.

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  1. Mrs. Jacobs permalink
    February 16, 2012 1:21 pm

    Just a little thing to consider: the “littlest ones” include the poor, but we must not forget the unborn. They literally are the littlest ones. Jesus loves children, tells us to be like them, scolds his friends for turning them away… so if a politician cannot stand up for the life of the unborn, he does not deserve my vote. Ever. Even if he helps those who got a chance at life but unfortunately are financially poor. Why? Because without life, there is nothing else.

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