I still feel very passionately about political issues. I still believe that for Christian people to be good citizens of the land in which they live, in this nation anyway, means being involved in the political process. Voting to be sure, but even campaigning, writing letters to elected officials, etc. It's also a very practical thing. If you aren't involved, I tend to think you lose the right to complain.
In more recent times, not only has my output on this blog decreased significantly, but in these highly politicized times, I've chosen to remain silent on many of those issues. Again, it's not that my opinions are any less fixed, or honestly, that I have less of a desire to share those opinions. I sort of believe that everyone is entitled to my opinion. And in the days ahead, I make no promise that I won't feel that urge to sound off about an issue or two.
My lack of posting on those issues comes down to two basic things. One, because everything is SO highly politicized, because people are so hyped up about so many issues (some worth the hype, some not), and because it seems people are so easily offended, I'm just trying to be a bit more careful. Again, not that I don't think some issues are worth getting pumped up about (abortion, the LGBT agenda, free speech, to name a few). It's just that it seems no matter what you say, you end up making a bunch of people mad.
Now, I understand that when Jesus uses that phrase in Matthew 6 during the Sermon on the Mount, He's speaking in the context of not being anxious. Don't worry about food and money and other worldly things, don't let those things make you anxious. Instead, Jesus says, seek first the Kingdom of God, and all the rest will be provided. So, politics isn't in mind at all here.
And yet, there is a principle in the idea of seeking first the Kingdom and trusting God with the rest that does apply to every area of our lives. Especially when we remember that as followers of Christ, our citizenship is in Heaven. Our first loyalty is to our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. And our first priority is the Commission He gave us to go and make disciples. To share the gospel. To see His Kingdom grow and expand in this world, even as we look to and long for the world to come.
Sadly, too many have equated the Kingdom with this or that earthly nation, this or that political cause. Too many have equated being a good Christian with being a good Republican or Democrat or Libertarian, or whatever. And don't misread this. I think there are some political issues and policies that absolutely should be supported/opposed by biblically minded Christians. For example, I don't see how any self-professing Christian could ever support abortion or those politicians who support it. Likewise, Scripture is clear on issues of sexuality and purity, and we ought to be clear in our stand on those issues, as well as supporting politicians and policies who are in agreement with the Scriptural view.
But I choose to focus my attention first on the Kingdom. That's my true citizenship, and deserves my attention. This world will pass. This nation will pass. My hope is not in presidents and policies. The church has endured through so much worse, and will endure regardless of godless politicians and even persecution.
In the end, the cry of my heart is the same as the church through the ages: "Come, Lord Jesus!"