Should Christians Get Involved in Politics?

by Pastor Bob Cornell of Cornell Ministries

With the November 3rd presidential election quickly coming upon us, the question given in the title of this article has been stirring in my spirit. The majority of those who identify themselves as evangelical (gospel believing) Christians in the USA, no matter what race, believe in the voting process. But yet there is a large portion of Christianity that does not vote, even if they would verbally ascribe to it. The arguments against believers getting involved in politics are such as, “The Bible does not state clearly that we should involve ourselves in secular politics or voting,” or “The church is not called to vote, we are called to preach the gospel,” or “Christians are ONLY to pray for, honor, and obey governmental leaders and civil authorities, along with paying taxes”Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, sky, beard and outdoor (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; 2 Pet. 3:13-17). It is true that there are no verses in the Bible that state specifically “Thou shall vote” or “Thou shall strive to become governmental leaders.” To some, it seems clear that Christians should not involve themselves in politics at all or just in the realm of voting and that’s it. To others, the whole Bible should be considered and not just those passages that specifically mention governmental leaders and the church. The following is just a few examples of what the Bible states about believers and politics.

First of all, it should be understood what is meant by the word “politics.” The English word “politics” comes from the Greek word for “city”, polis, and “citizen”, polites. Politics and being a citizen are closely connected. Politics is the art of managing or influencing government policies. Being a citizen is one who has the right to be a member of the social politic (management and influence) of a country. In other words, citizens are the ones who manage, influence, and use the rights of the politics of a country. Of course, in a cruel dictatorship or communism, the role of a citizen in politics is different.

In Acts 22:25-29 Paul used his Roman citizenship for the advancement of God’s will for his life, and ultimately for the Gospel’s sake. The Jewish Sanhedrin was demanding that the Roman authorities scourge Paul which would have most possibly ended Paul’s life. But Paul used his rights as a Roman citizen to stop it. Paul said to the centurion “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” (vs. 25). All of Acts 25 is about Paul’s continual appeal before Roman authorities to Roman law. In vs. 11 he even said “I appeal to Caesar.” Paul knew that it was God’s will for him to go to Rome. He also realized the only way that was possible was for him to use politics as a citizen of Rome. He would eventually be martyred by Nero, the Roman Emperor, but before that happened he wrote the “prison epistles,” and saw many Roman soldiers and common people won to Christ in Rome. Rome did not have a voting system like we do in the USA, but his appeal to Caesar was essentially his “vote” to use his rights as a Roman citizen. His “vote” would eventually end his life, but it also influenced the world from that point in time to the present. In Phil. 3:20 Paul wrote that “our citizenship is in heaven…” As children of God, we have dual citizenship, in heaven and on earth.

What do we take away from this example God gave us through Paul? A book could be written, but here are three important points:

1. Use our rights as a citizen to spread the Gospel to as many people as we can.
•We have the freedom & rights in the USA to spread the Gospel, so use that freedom & rights for the glory of God.
2. Use all the freedoms given to us as citizens to influence society with the Gospel and biblical morality & righteousness.
•Paul’s life is a snapshot of this. When he preached the Gospel in Jewish synagogues, he did so because he showed up and would have been invited by the ruling rabbi of that synagogue. We need to use our rights to at least show up to give the Gospel, even at places where we know we’ll be rejected.
•The Gospel brought God’s righteousness and morality everywhere Paul preached it. It does the same today in our society.
3. Paul used the rights given to him, so as citizens of the USA, we have the right and responsibility to use our vote to vote in leaders that will allow the church to continue to spread the Gospel freely.

We have several examples in the Old Testament in which God placed His people in influential positions in secular governments. It was God’s will for Joseph to be second in command to Pharaoh in Egypt in order to provide for and protect his family (Gen. 41:37-57). God placed Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in very influential positions in Babylon (Dan. 1-4). Nebuchadnezzar, the evil king of Babylon, had a life changing experience and he gave his life to God (Dan. 4). Daniel eventually was second in command to Darius in the Persian government in Daniel 6. He was a prophet and politician in a secular government. Esther became the queen of Persia in order to keep the Jewish people alive. God even used Cyrus, the heathen king of Persia, to provide for God’s people to rebuild the temple (Ezra 4:5). God used Cyrus so much that He even referred to Cyrus as His “anointed (one)” in Isaiah 45:1.

What do we take away from these examples?

1. At times, God will place a calling on a believer to be a political leader in some capacity.
•This does not mean that God has called the church to take over secular society through politics. This does mean that God can and will call His people to be in governmental positions, ultimately to uphold or be an example of biblical righteousness and morality in the country.
2. At times, God will even use unsaved governmental leaders for His purpose and glory.

Pastor Bob Cornell of Cornell Ministries

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No, it’s not the ‘mark of the beast’…

…but you are being groomed. So no, the ‘mark of the beast’ is not the mask or the chip.  According to the Bible, the mark will be literal:

 16 “He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” [Rev. 13]

In this kairos time, particularly people of faith, should plainly see the signs of a socialisticfrontlineofbattle compromise. We are being led down a path of destruction and thanking the government for it. How stupid have we become? Do we believe God or a governor?

The Book of Acts is full of rebels who stood up to tyranny even though they could be arrested, jailed, martyred [Acts 5:29]. But they listened to God when He said “Arise, and GO.” God never said to stay home and be in fear. He never said to accept persecution. He never said He would forsake us.

For us, it is still not okay for the governor to make medical decisions for us. Personally, I will not comply with this mandate, particularly one that has no expiration date. We would never tell anyone not to wear the mask. But we expect the same respect to not be accosted for standing against socialistic compromise.

But in the meantime, 4000+ babies were murdered today while governors whined about face masks. Covid has a 99% survival rate. Abortion has NO survivors. NOT ONE.

So, here’s the thing…about masks.

Are masks prolife? An interesting conundrum, except it isn’t.

First of all, abortionists wear masks. So no.

Second, masks have not been proven to stop anything but decent conversation and bad breath.

Third, prolife is the freedom to be born, not some arbitrary blanket idea.

Governors are making YOUR medical decisions for you. Mandating a medical device for any reason, particularly if you are not sick, is one of the reasons why the founding fathers wrote the Constitution. They came from ‘big government’; an oppression-ridden monarchy that had a history of beheading people over religion. The New World was a blank slate just waiting for the freedoms we were meant to have, and did have.

Until covid.

Masks will stop the virus. Masks will not stop the virus.

Physical distancing will stop the virus. Physical distancing makes herd immunity impossible.

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Comply and the virus will go away. Don’t comply and you’ll be under state lockdown with schools shut down, laid off, mask vigilantes taking photos and videos of you, can’t see a doctor or have needed surgery, subject to house arrest, and cannot use CASH. And that’s just the highlights.

Does this sound like we are a part of a free state? Sounds more like an Orwellian nightmare.

Follow me on this: Governors know they cannot police their own illegal mandates. The next logical step is to get ALL businesses to do it for them OR they will get shut down, and people will be able sue these businesses for getting sick. Our governor VETOED legislation that would have protected ALL businesses from being sued for simply doing business without a governor’s stare down. So then, what is the agenda?

The election. Keeping Trump in office impedes the socialist agenda driven by Congress. Isn’t all a bit convenient that the rioting has been allowed during this so-called pandemic? Coin shortage? No actual covid data? Fudging COD on death certificates? False positives? That should be your answer.

An interesting conundrum, except it isn’t.

So if you are still of a mind to walk up to maskless people and tell them how wrong they are, we suggest educating the masked person about the 4000 other people who were murdered TODAY.

The Gosnell Tipping Scale of Polite Society

Are you offended yet? Has abortion finally sunk in as a heinous crime that systematically attacks and kills the unborn, just born and aborting mothers? Do you see how the abortion agenda is promoted within the high minority areas of neighborhoods, towns and cities to at least 80% of all abortion facilities? Does the death of innocents ignored in the mainstream media enrage you? Has the Gosnell trial shown you what abortion ACTUALLY is and that he targeted scared, poor minority girls and women? Because if it has not then you are either Cecile Richards or the devil himself.

If this ‘sighting’ is true, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, is in Philadelphia on a train with some of the stalwarts of the prolife movement to attend the Kermitt Gosnell Trial along with other pro-abortion ghouls and life-minded prolifers. It is incredibly interesting to see the pro-aborts come out of the woodwork to defend a man and an agenda that murdered born children in his ‘clinic’ dubbed, and rightly so, A HOUSE OF HORRORS.

When the mainstream media finally picked up on the Gosnell trial, it went into defense mode to curtail any misgivings and black eyes this lunatic gave the abortion agenda. This is no surprise – since the 1973 decision to kill unborn children on demand and without apology has made LIFE a political issue and squarely set the Supreme Court in our homes, bedrooms, relationships and marriages making parenting our daughters nearly illegal.

“Gosnell does not represent the average abortion provider.” That is an oxymoron…Gosnell killed, Gosnell is an abortionist, and abortionists kill unborn and just born babies…and sometimes their mothers. Initially, Gosnell’s facility got raided for prescription drugs, not illegal abortions…I’d say there’s a disconnect there.

SIDE NOTE: Abortion ‘doctors’ are not the antiseptic white coat cladded smiling jack-o-lanterns that they have actors portray in their brochures and the mainstream media. Planned Parenthood is the worst for this, trying to soften the blow of baby killing with smooth talk and a smile. Abortion doctors ARE Kermitt Gosnell.

The rabid anti-choice crowd fails to mention the fact that those things [born baby killing] do not typically happen at Planned Parenthood or other reputable abortion facilities. They won’t let the facts get in the way of their typically hysterical propaganda.” Actually, who Gosnell is and what he did is just the tip of the abortion iceberg and it’s not about restrictive laws – it is to make a lot of money without the constraint of law. Gosnell did what he did to be a multi-millionaire, not a humanitarian. Further, Planned Parenthood practices EXACTLY what Gosnell did…putting the lives of women in danger daily and has made women unable to have children or women that die during an abortion.

OBSERVATION: ‘REPUTABLE ABORTION FACILITIES’? If there is such a thing, then why aren’t abortionists and their workers publishing their telephone numbers and addresses? Abortionists like Warren Hern has taxpayer paid federal protection….and they call abortion reputable?

Anna Breslaw, Cosmopolitan: “Anti-choice politicians who are now acting outraged about Gosnell need to realize that their legislature is primarily to blame for these tragedies.” If this is actually about LAW, then how was this facility NOT inspected by the state? I’d bet the farm that the nail salon that Anna goes to has been inspected at least once in the last year. The obvious bias that the abortion agenda is privileged to have is one bought and paid for by women exactly like her. Women like Anna Breslaw is why this tragedy happened and why abortion is legal in the first place….just like Helen Gurley Brown, her former editor-in-chief of Cosmo, she and women like them are responsible for a sexual revolution that has killed OVER 55 MILLION.

Today in Philadelphia, the abortion agenda, Planned Parenthood and Cecile Richards is shamelessly wielding their propaganda axe in the face of a dead immigrant and several born babied killed after they had the audacity to be born alive….besides the other MILLIONS of unborn children killed and left on the road of Roe v. Wade.

Views from the deep part of the abortion pit, OR the roaches come out when Planned Parenthood is in danger of being defunded.

Ohio has resurrected some old business that didn’t get past lame duck because Sen. Neihaus scrapped it [a fine republican prolife move…?] that will tier, or prioritize money according to those that do not OFFER abortion services FIRST and can be appropriated to pregnancy centers and REAL health centers that have actual general practitioners and nurses:

“House leaders also used their overhauled bill to resurrect a proposal that would effectively strip federal dollars from Planned Parenthood and other stand-alone family-planning clinics. The proposal was shelved late last year by the Ohio Senate.”

ANYTHING that Rep. Nickie Antonio calls ‘absolutely deplorable’, I’m all over. “Women are a weird political football,” said Nickie Antonio (D) who is always trying to KICK THE FOOTBALL…ironic.

What I want to establish is what the money is for – health for poor uninsured and underinsured Ohioans – and where they want it to go. Now, I have said MANY times that women have other health issues that do not have one thing to do with the reproductive system such as cholesterol screenings, diabetes, and cancers other than reproductive. Interestingly, most people know that the SO-CALLED ‘war on women’ means abortion, not general health and well-being for the under or uninsured. As usual, women are still looked upon as a sex object, not a giver of LIFE thanks to Planned Parenthood and our current federal government.

HB No. 59 had some interesting testimony…here are the highlights!

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio’s Jaime Miracle bemoaned this is an ‘out of touch political agenda’. She continued her whining about how desperate and unhealthy crisis pregnancy centers are; how that money already goes to pregnancy centers through BMV ‘choose life’ plates which I have on my own vehicle:

“Today the Ohio House of Representatives released its amended state budget, Sub. H.B. 59. The revised budget reprioritizes the criteria for federal family planning dollars to defund Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers. A separate section of the revised budget would redirect federal TANF dollars to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs).”

Further, she demonized and demoralized real pregnancy centers that do not advocate killing unborn children AND does NOT teach our kids about sex, contraception, etc. NARAL’s Miracle also said that ‘they (?) won’t know how to prevent pregnancy without their [NARAL, Planned Parenthood, etc.] help.’ Why is it so hard to tell kids not to have sex or to communicate with their parents first? Incredibly, it’s NOT news that our children are being groomed to accept contraception and abortion agenda BEFORE they become an adult.

Denise Leipold, Executive Director of Ohio Right to Life, Northeast Ohio: I was in absolute AWE of this woman’s testimony. It was given in love and honor of the unborn while trying to make real the truth of what Planned Parenthood really is. I have to summarize her testimony because there was so much information that I couldn’t have possibly taken good notes. She did not let Antonio or any of her ‘boys’ try to take her down, not even a tiny bit. Someday, I want to shake this woman’s hand and tell her THANK YOU.

Public Children Services Assoc. of Ohio called ‘Planned Parenthood a valuable partner’ with regard to poverty stricken teens; pregnancy, STD’s, ‘medically accurate information’ about contraception….to teach children ‘accurate biology’. Mentioned ‘Reducing the Risk’ initiative [PREP] with Planned Parenthood BY Public Children Services; they also use other resources that advocate LGBT Youth and says they have no opinion on abortion. It is easy to see that these people have access to our kids especially if they are in the system as foster kids, Welfare/Medicaid, or in crisis.

Stephanie Kight, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio called Planned Parenthood an ‘expert in reproductive healthcare’, cancer screenings, and being non-judgmental; ‘reproductive healthcare [abortion], yes….but cancer screenings? It has been PROVEN that PP does not, CAN NOT determine or treat cancer. PREP [Personal Responsibility Education Program] is being lauded as essential by Ms. Kight. She also claims Planned Parenthood to be ‘partners’ with local health departments to work together for a strong healthcare safety net which is code for ‘there is strength in numbers’. She adamantly says that abortion services are not funded with the federal money they accept through Title X which has been proven to be ‘inaccurate’… Does one pocket know what the other pocket is doing or spending? Ms. Kight did admit to being competitive with other health organizations to get more federal and state money. In Ohio, there are 27 PP clinics, 3 are surgical abortion facilities. Rep. Ron Maag (R) asked, “Why not let other providers perform abortions so you can get the money?” Kight says abortion services are a ‘good work’…..for whom? FYI: Title X pays for administrative costs and other services by abortion providers….yes, that pocket knows what the other pocket is doing. Don’t believe the sleight of hand tactics of Planned Parenthood.

And this is always my personal favorite….Jewish women that want the opportunity to kill their Jewish unborn child; a private holocaust: Marian Harris, Co-President National Council of Jewish Women, Columbus section: Interestingly, she says Jewish women should have the religious freedom to have reproductive health care and access to abortion. Yes, religious freedom to kill their own unborn…figure that out. Jewish women make up about 1-2% of all abortions

A board member of Planned Parenthood says that PP builds ‘healthy communities’. And she’s pregnant. Again, explain to me how killing is healthy.

Tanja R., a private citizen: “I’m poor, underserved and uninsured.” OF COURSE she is a HUGE supporter of PP and takes her 13 year old daughter to PP to get birth control FOR MEDICAL REASONS. How does a 13 year old CHILD NEED MEGA DOSES OF HORMONES? And this was confusingsomehow PP is vital to her diabetic health AND grateful for PP’s stance on abortion that she continued with her pregnancy? I’m not sure I can follow that train of ‘thought’. BUT WOW. Nice way to teach your daughter.

OBSERVATION: It appeared that a bottle of Pepto exploded in the Committee Room…

Samira Deeb, an outreach worker: Immigrants needs Planned Parenthood because of fear of hospitals? SERIOUSLY? I had to have heard that wrong.

Jessica R., a private citizen supports Planned Parenthood 100% and said, “As a black woman, I don’t agree with the beginning of Planned Parenthood.” So, she is aware of the hideous roots of the abortion industry…eugenics to rid the world of ‘human weeds’.

John T. Coats II, ORTL Executive Director: Mentioned there are 130 local health districts in the state that provides screenings and family planning which are NOT Planned Parenthood or an abortion provider that the money can go to. Community Health Centers sees 500K clients; true primary health care – ACTUAL medical services, not PP. Encourages children, support working poor and elderly at little or no cost to the patient. PP does NOT provide complete medical care. He also commented that we need to move the money from the abortion industry back to actual health care providers. PP does not do mammograms EVER. Planned Parenthood’s net worth is over 1 BILLION. Tax payers contribute 1 MILLION per day to PP. Planned Parenthood does not exist in rural Ohio as PP testified earlier. 99% of pregnant women that go to PP get abortions, not prenatal care or adoption referrals. Women identify Planned Parenthood with abortion and do not offer free care as pregnancy centers do. NOTE: While I have never been a fan of ORTL because they do not back ALL PROLIFE LEGISLATION, I did like Mr. Coat’s fervor with his testimony. It was informational and dead-on correct.

Ashton Stubblefield, a private citizen and student: Does not recommend Planned Parenthood, especially to her friends. She also commented that Planned Parenthood does not offer actual healthcare along with prescribing medicines for things such and high cholesterol which is important to uninsured students and young people. I found her testimony to be a great big breath of fresh air! It’s so nice to see young people that get what Planned Parenthood and abortion really is. I think we’ll hear much more about her in the future.

Beth Vanderkooi, Executive Director GCRTL: Passing a law does not eradicate a behavior [re abortion]. She mentioned that abortion should be unthinkable and that society has fundamentally failed women. Women need ALL basic health services, not just reproductive healthcare. I’m glad she brought up the huge GRAPHIC [use your own imagination] ‘lady parts’ photo display that was endorsed by the University of Cincinnati; it was hideous and demoralized ALL women. Ms. Vanderkooi also says to give women a BETTER choice, a full range of health services, not just family planning services. Now this is where it got weird….why did Ramos ask Ms. Vanderkooi about public transportation? 

Karen Rainey, AAUW [American Association of University Women] of Ohio: The AAUW supports Planned Parenthood for cancer screening [nonexistent]. She also claims we are playing politics with women’s health. Worried about needy families in deep poverty? Incredible that women like this can wake up in the morning, look themselves in the mirror and really believe that they are doing a good work that actually hurts and kills: “Like it or not, abortion may be the best choice for her family,” she quips. Other testimonies from AAUW:

This always proves that we have MANY organizations and non-profits under the radar that support and testify for abortion rights. I’m still stymied at how few prolifers were there – I wasn’t aware of committee hearing testimony until I saw it on television.

To our legislators: We cannot change one thing if we don’t know about it. The communication between elected Representatives and Ohio citizens is nearly non-existent. How can we change that? What does the Statehouse have to do to make us part of the process? And if our State Representative is on these committees, why aren’t they giving us a head’s up on upcoming testimonies and debates? It’s too bad that most people think this is what we are paying our legislators to do FOR us instead of being part of the process as it was meant to be.

To summarize…Planned Parenthood was positioned there perfectly because certain Representatives gave them time to prepare for it and had pre-written ‘questions’ to ask PP to emphasize their allegiance to PP and its agenda. How much more prolifers could have done if we’d had the chance to circle the wagons like PP did. This has been eye-opening and sobering. HOWEVER we do have a Republican majority in the House and Senate so I am quite sure that this sideshow of Planned Parenthood was essentially ignored as rhetoric.

But be advised that much is going on in your Statehouse and you have a right to know and a right to be involved.