My Political Jesus

My Political Jesus

“And Jesus said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said, "Caesar's." Then he said to them, "Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." - Matthew 22:20-21

Jesus was born into a politically charged society that was looking for a Messiah that would settle all their political disputes, fix their social problems, and bring economic freedom and stability. Yet despite all of this, Jesus never took a political party’s side, he never really addressed social problems, and he didn’t give the Jews economic freedom or stability.

We as Christians are called to be, first and foremost, obedient to God, and then to be obedient to our government since its authority is from God. This is to be the case regardless of the political system that we are under. Morality is never to be compromised, but politics has no bearing on our righteousness.

When we equate political parties, political philosophies, and ideologies with Christianity (not moral issues), we misrepresent Christ and we belittle the purpose of the gospel. Our true impact, method of change, and vehicle of transformation will always be the gospel, which pulls people from the true darkness of sin, and transfers them to God’s glorious kingdom of light. No methodology of politics can ever do that; only Jesus can do that.