Jesus’ political views

What were Jesus’ political views? If we knew them it would hopefully guide our voting principles. First of all, Jesus was not, as some suggest, indifferent to politics. As the theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper once observed, “In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’ ”Nevertheless, he did not endorse any political platform because he knew that politics are merely a superficial manifestation of the inner man. Hence, it was his practice to address matters of the heart – justice, mercy, love, mans need for his atoning work – and the eternal consequences that accompany our attitudes toward each. The result was that he condemned elements of every group for their sinfulness and refusal to obey God, while affirming others for their obedience.
Secondly, we learn that Jesus was not seeking political transformation of society, but spiritual transformation. There is a difference. We evangelicals can tend to believe that societal reform is a top-down process: Remove President Barack Obama and frustrate initiatives of the Democratic Party and you’re well on your way. By contrast, Jesus did not consider Pilate or Tiberius the root of the problem. They were representative of a systemic cultural rot. Wicked people make wicked laws. Change the people, and you change the laws they make.
Finally, Jesus understood that while party affiliation may be an expression of one’s deeply held convictions it does nothing to put you in right standing with God. To lose sight of this is to confuse conversion to a political platform with conversion to being a saved disciple of Jesus. To be clear, Christians should exercise their political rights, but we should never place our hopes in the political process. Hope is found neither in politicians nor in the laws they enact but in Jesus Christ alone.
Adapted from an article written by Larry Alex Taunton, the founder and executive director of Fixed Point Foundation.

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