Why are these statements, “You can’t mix religion and politics,” and “You can’t talk about religion and politics” false? What does God’s Word have to say about it?
Religion as defined by Merriam-Webster is “the belief in a god or in a group of gods; an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods.” Scripture takes care of that definition. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Religion may be defined by the world as many gods, but the Truth is, there is only one God, and Jehovah is His name. There is only one way to God and that is through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
With that being established, let’s restate by saying, “You can’t mix God and politics.” Once again, politics is defined by Merriam-Webster as “activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government; the work or job of people (such as elected officials) who are part of a government.” Since politics and government are synonymous, let’s take our statement one step farther and say, “You can’t mix God and government.”
Who created government? Once again, let’s have God’s Word answer this question:
Jesus answered [Pilate], “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” (John 19:11)
There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1b)
Truth is, if you do not speak of government in the context of Jehovah, then you have bypassed the Originator of government and the very One Who is over all government. Even corrupt, sinful governments can and are used by God to accomplish His plan.
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: Because you have not obeyed my words, behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. (Jeremiah 25:8-9)
Truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you [God] anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. (Acts 4:27-28)
Furthermore, to leave God, the originator of government out of any political discussion is to always arrive at the wrong conclusion. Hence, you better talk about religion and politics, but always from a biblical viewpoint.
Lastly, one day, religion and politics will be joined together at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[g] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:11-16)
No matter the issue, the correct question to ask is always, “What does God’s Word say about it?”
For further insight into today’s political and religious scene, I strongly encourage you to listen to the following message by Dr. Adrian Rogers: The Leadership Crisis in America