God hates idolatry. He denounced it at the top of the list of Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:3-6). Idolatry is spiritual adultery. Idolatry is giving worship to someone or something other than the one true God of the Bible.

Your “God/god” is your master passion. Your “God/god” is who you look to for measuring truth, providing meaning and direction in life, for sustaining you in life. Your “God/god” is who you give the benefit of the doubt to, who you are loyal to, and whose banner you proudly wear. Only the Triune God of holy writ is fit to be our God.

When political party affiliation is blindly held to regardless of facts and evidence (especially from scripture) that condemns its platform, that party affiliation has become idolatry. There is nothing wrong with a Christian holding a party affiliation, as long as they remember their first citizenship is in heaven and their highest Code to follow is the Bible revelation of God. We should measure everything by God’s word. God’s word makes us “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

What happens when no party falls within the parameters of God’s truth? What happens when it’s a mixed bag of righteous positions for different issues on various sides? Should we just abstain from supporting or voting? I would counsel in such situations to prioritize what God prioritizes, to look beneath surface slogans to substance of effects, and pray your way to a godly step of faith.

Jesus calls us to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). We are to bring flavor, purification, and shine the light of truth everywhere we go, even (especially) in the political arena. We are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather expose them (Eph. 5:11). I can think of no arena or part of society where such exposure is more needed than politics. Perhaps the corruption seen in the political arena in our country today is due, at least in part, by the neglect of God’s ambassadors being salt and light in this area of life. Maybe if Christians had been more diligent to live in the Spirit as citizens, our nation would not be so close to the brink of destruction.

When a person turns a blind eye to sins in their political party and simply votes for their party out of blind loyalty, that is the sin of idolatry. Those claiming affiliation with Jesus Christ ought to have His Word as their first loyalty and basis for assessing party and candidates. I am not talking about scripture twisted proof texting out of context deceptive Bible study. I’m talking about prayerful Spirit led scripture study. We need to beware of eisegesis or putting a finger on the scale of Bible interpretation. Be honest. Be prayerful. Be objective. Be true. It’s not all gray as some say. There is truth. There is falsehood. There is light. There is darkness. We just have to be courageous enough to see it and stand up for it, regardless of party affiliations.

The epistles of the New Testament were inspired by God. They are powerful. They are authoritative. They have stood the test of time. They have changed hearts and directed paths of history. One of those epistles concludes with a wise inspired exhortation and warning. It’s a word of warning for these political times. God inspired the Apostle John to conclude, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21). Here we might add, ESPECIALLY POLITICAL IDOLATRY. I can think of no better word for these political days. God help us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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