Religitics — mixing religion & politics

When you mix politics and religion, you get religitics. Religitics believes that government should impose some religious views on people.

It’s hard to trust in politics (human kingdoms) and trust in God’s kingdom at the same time. They tend to be competitors. The goal of true religion isn’t to make people behave. It’s to connect them to the living God so He can heal and change their heart and their behavior.

Religion can be imposed on people, but faith comes by inspiration and revelation. Faith looks to God for answers; politics looks to government and politicians for answers.

Politics is about governmental power and coercion. Religion should be about spiritual power and compassion. Politics can quickly distract religion from a God-focus. Religion can inflate a politician’s ego and sense of self-righteousness.

Government forces people to obey. It’s based on coercion. Religion should be voluntary, not forced. Politics tries to rule people externally. The living Jesus wants to rule them from within.

When people feel their religious faith is weak, they sometimes look to politicians as a way to make themselves feel powerful. When politics and faith are intermingled, some people begin to act like all their political views are God-given.

Jesus set a boundary between religion and politics when He said: “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”

A country belongs to all of its citizens. It doesn’t just belong to those of a particular religion or a particular political party.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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