Talking “Politics”

There’s a tacit taboo that says, “Never discuss politics or religion in polite society.” I wish I knew who started that. I’d tell them they were wrong. First of all, as a Bible-believing Christian, there’s nothing I’d like to talk about more than my faith. But in order to do so freely, I have to be among Christians. Otherwise, the conversation usually gets very quiet real fast.

I attend a weekly home group of folks from my church. We meet together for Bible study, fellowship and prayer. As usual for such groups, any personal concerns shared in the group are considered confidential and kept in the group. One reason for this is that it creates a safe environment for everyone to be as candid as they wish, creating a relationship of trust among brothers and sisters in Christ.

Recently we were talking about the release of the three hostages who had been held as prisoners in North Korea. As one individual was lamenting the negative attacks on President Trump by the news media, another member of the group smiled uneasily and said, “We shouldn’t be talking politics”. I affirmed what the first individual had said by agreeing it was true. And I wondered why — if we are to have close, meaningful and confidential sharing — why should “politics” be a taboo subject? 

By and large, the media has been more than unfair to President Trump. They have continued to “resist” Trump and have become part of the “dump Trump” movement. This is not a matter of “politics”. It is a concerted effort to destroy the President and his administration and effectively nullify our properly elected government. It’s really an attack on America. 

It isn’t “politics” that drives “fake news”, but a palpable hatred of Trump — hatred that feeds on outright lies and a willing ignorance of the truth. That bears repeating. The media has shown little concern for reporting facts. Instead, they have turned to reporting lies that support their agenda to sway public opinion and go along with a distorted fantasy they are trying to project. 

Unrelenting attacks on Trump and his supporters have not just been coming from “political” enemies. They’ve also been coming from unelected bureaucrats, particularly in the FBI, the Justice Department and the State Department. These are not politicians and are not supposed to be pushing any agenda. They are appointed bureaucrats who are supposedly “public servants” directly under the chief government administrator — none other than the President of the United States. Their job is to work for him, not try to undermine him at the behest of his political opponents. 

And yet, that is exactly what several of them (in leadership roles) have been doing, in violation of ethics, laws and the scope of their authority.  The constitution does not lay out a design in which loyalty to any political party justifies the undermining of the proper functions of government. But in America today, that is precisely what is happening. 

The Democrats funded a dossier on Trump which the FBI convinced a FISA court to use to justify a surveillance warrant on the Trump campaign. This entire process violated every ethical and legal standard of open and constitutional government. Just as an example, from The Federalist:

“5 Things The FBI Never Told The FISA Court About The Trump Dossier”:

1.  The dossier was funded by Hillary Clinton and The Democratic National Committee.

2.  The FBI terminated Steele as a source for “what the FBI defines as the most serious of        violations.”

3.  The dossier had not been independently verified.

4.  A news story purporting to corroborate the dossier actually came directly from the dossier.

5.   Some of the information provided to the court came from a senior DOJ official’s wife, who was getting paid by the Clinton campaign’s opposition research firm.

After more than a year of this “trumped-up” (pun intended) investigation, absolutely no evidence has been found to show any collusion. The accusations were all false — all lies intended to destroy Trump. But it is not over. It’s just the tip of a gigantic iceberg. New lies, accusations and innuendos are coming out of the media every day. This goes far beyond “politics”.

What can I do about it?

At the very least, Christians should be able to talk to one another about this, not just smile, act nice and pretend it will all go away. More importantly, Christians should be praying for those in authority over us, as the Bible instructs. Good or bad, they need our prayers because those in positions of authority have a fiduciary responsibility to God. 

Read Romans 13:1-7. When anyone in authority abuses that authority they are not being God’s servant for our good (verse 4) thus they are not owed honor or respect (verse 7). Those in authority over us only deserve our honor and respect to the degree that they reflect God’s standards as his ministers (verse 6). An excellent book that explains this passage is ROMANS 13, The True Meaning of Submission by Timothy and Chuck Baldwin.

When I see policies and laws being enacted, particularly here in California by our radical, ungodly, unrighteous and anti-Biblical government, I am reminded of the shepherds of ancient Israel who led their people astray and brought judgement upon the whole nation. Jude 1:12 mentions shepherds who are only concerned with feeding themselves, a theme from Ezekiel 34:2-10. God tells the shepherds if they do not properly care for their flocks he will hold them accountable and remove them from their positions of authority. 

We live in a self-governing republic, which means we are responsible for the leaders we elect. And ultimately, even those in appointed positions are accountable to the electorate. They are here to serve us, not lord their authority over us. Jesus said, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors.” (Luke 22:25) But our nation isn’t a kingdom, and we don’t have a king. Instead, we have a people who are constitutionally supposed to be governing themselves. We aren’t supposed to have a ruling class over us as “benefactors”. 

Ultimately, in our country, the people are sovereign. That means we are responsible for what our leaders do. If they are leading us unrighteously, causing us to uphold that which is evil and suppress that which is righteous, then it is our solemn duty before God to vote those leaders out of office and replace them with leaders who at least try to honor God. If those in authority over us are turning our nation into one, huge Sodom and Gomorrah, and we don’t do anything about it, then we deserve the same judgments ancient Israel suffered when their nation’s leaders led them astray.

A right and proper, godly attitude for Christians in America means taking our duties of citizenship seriously. Yes, we need to vote. Yes, we need to tell our representatives how we feel about various issues. Yes, we need to sign petitions, run for offices and serve as public servants. And absolutely we need to pray for those in authority over us. 

But can we do one more thing? Can we actually talk among ourselves about what we see happening in our country? Can we talk about the lying media without feeling embarrassed or shut down for “talking politics”? How can we honestly and openly talk to non-believers about faith in Jesus if we can’t talk among ourselves about what’s going on in our own nation? Do we love our brothers and sisters enough to do this? 

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About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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2 Responses to Talking “Politics”

  1. nofearlinda says:

    I understand your passion and recognize your right to ‘talk politics’. However, I don’t like to talk politics as one never seems to be able to attain the ‘truth’ of what happens and make a reasonable assessment of it. As you said the news media lies to sensationalize items and make them more news worthy or to address their own agenda. As for Trump, I pray for him as directed in the Bible that we should pray for our leaders. But that does not mean I have to like the man or the persona he presents when he treats others with great disregard in his own statements. End result- prayer is more effective than talk. God is sovereign and allowed Trump to be our leader at this time. God will use him in spite of himself. Keep the faith and keep praying!

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    • retiredday says:

      I agree we should pray for our leaders, but it’s not an either/or proposition. We shouldn’t use prayer as an excuse not to talk to one another. Sometimes it’s appropriate to give voice to political realities. There shouldn’t be a taboo against “talking politics”. It doesn’t have to be about our emotional response to a personality. Identity politics is pretty narrow and often charged with lots of negative emotions. But I believe we can get to the truth if we look hard enough and examine the evidence. Being silent on politics can be very dangerous at a time when our society is under assault by bills that threaten the free exercise of religion, such as California’s AB 2943.

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