“I hate politics!” Have you ever heard that statement from a friend or loved one? Perhaps you’ve even said it, or something very closely akin, yourself?

Maybe you’ve gone to dinner with friends, and someone will say “OK, we can discuss anything except politics.” But, wait, isn’t politics important? Aren’t governments a universal “fact of life” in our world? What do you suppose it might be about politics that makes it such a despised topic? Let’s let “The Father of our Country” weigh in on this one:

“Government is not reason. It is not eloquence. Government is force; like fire it is a dangerous servant — and a fearful master.”  —George Washington, 1797

There, we’ve said it; government is FORCE. Let’s expand what that means a little bit…. “Government” is one group of people imposing their will on another group of people by means of force. And what is politics?

politics (ˈpɒlɪtɪks) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
1. (functioning as singular) the practice or study of the art and science of forming, directing, and administrating states and other political units; the art and science of government; political science

And so, how do we respond to this observation? Is the matter any clearer now? Could it be that people hate politics because they are sick and tired of coercion? Perhaps they don’t like other people imposing their will through force, and they have instinctively understood that is what politics is about.

Is it any wonder? Do you enjoy being told what to do? Be honest now; even if what someone is telling you to do happens to be “the right thing” to do, we all tend to bristle just a little bit when we are commanded to do it. How much more then, when we are strong-armed into doing or paying for things that we detest!

Now, put on your “Christian thinking cap” for just a moment. Jesus said this:

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  – Matthew 7:12

Hmmm – this sounds pretty important! Anything that sums up “the Law and the Prophets” must be a pretty big deal!

Do you believe what Jesus said? Really? Do you live your life by that rule? If so, why would you ever want to participate in or support “the art and science of government,” a system that uses force (which, of course, includes the threat of force) to manipulate and control you and your neighbor?

Maybe it’s time to give this some serious thought; maybe it’s time to abandon politics; maybe it’s time to find a Christian alternative! What do you think? We’re waiting for your constructive feedback!

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