By Jeremy Weaver
You may have noticed that I put up a feed to Fred Thompson’s blog, The Fred File, along with a small banner ad. That’s because I support Fred Thompson as the Republican nominee for the Office of President.
Now, over the last little while I’ve had time to think about politics and religion. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about how a Christian should view politics. On the one hand, some think that politics+America=Christianity. I don’t. On the other hand, some think that Christians should avoid politics. I don’t.
This quote by John Piper was recently posted at the Desiring God Blog:
At Desiring God we exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. That “all things” includes politics. Our sense of God’s calling at Desiring God is that we will serve the supremacy of God in politics better by maintaining a certain distance from candidates so that we may speak with more freedom into issues from a biblical angle.
Let me say that I agree totally with the sentiment behind this statement. God’s glory is of first importance in the Christian’s life. And I understand the perils of ministries endorsing particular candidates. But I don’t agree with the rationale of Piper’s statement for the individual Christian. When I say that I support Fred Thompson I do not mean that Fred Thompson is my ideological twin. In fact, I don’t think anyone would say that about any candidate that they support. No one agrees 100% on every single issue with anyone else 100% of the time. When I say that I support Fred Thompson, what I am saying is that I think that he is the best choice among the candidates because he most accurately reflects my opinion of what a Biblical representation of what a nation should be. In short, I think that he would be the most God-glorifying candidate…even if he doesn’t intend to be God-glorifying.
As a Christian, I believe I have a responsibility to endorse the candidate who I think would bring the most glory to God through his leadership…even if he doesn’t intend to bring God glory. That does not mean that I endorse everything about them, or that I will keep my mouth shut when I see sin in them. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. No matter who does it. Nathan supported King David’s reign, but his support of King David did not keep him from speaking out against David’s sin.
So I don’t think ‘maintaining…distance’ is in the best interest of the ‘supremacy of God in politics’. In fact, I think that position undercuts the ‘supremacy of God in politics’. To step back and essentially say, “I don’t endorse anyone for President,” is to turn the realm of politics over to the kingdom of Satan. Christians should show that God is supreme in politics by their endorsement of the candidate that best reflects their Biblical, Christian worldview. And I believe that to do otherwise shows that we do not think that our God is supreme over all things.
That’s why I’m endorsing Fred Thompson for President. He believes that life begins at conception, marriage is between a man and a woman, freedom is a God-given right, the Government is God’s ordained ‘sword-bearer’ on behalf of it’s citizens, taxation must be reasonable and fair (not robbing the rich to give to the poor), and that a healthy society is predicated upon the belief in God.
And if at any time I think that another candidate has surpassed Fred Thompson in a Christian worldview, then I always have the right to change my mind about my endorsement.