“Politics is downstream from culture.” It is a pithy saying attributed to the late Andrew Breitbart. If this is true, one has to wonder what influences culture so that it eventually influences politics.
The matter needs to be addressed and answered for the simple fact that a cloud of deceit hangs over the question of whether or not everything that happens in politics requires moral judgment. Many believe that discrimination (differentiating between right and wrong) shouldn’t play a role in the weighing of all political activity. Those that promote this view immediately contradict themselves on the matter by pronouncing value judgments over whether or not certain policies are “good” and “beneficial” for society. Inevitably, these same rabble-rousers, desensitized to their own hypocrisy (or in many cases quite aware of it), proceed to denounce Christians for voicing their opinions about governmental issues.
Many outside Christianity (more specifically, belligerent atheists) peddle the repressive idea that a believer’s place in society ought to be severely restricted to the four walls of the church. Anything outside these confines constitutes an illegitimate act by Christians who contaminate politics with their antediluvian judgments, such as whether or not specific policies are morally “right” or “wrong” according to the Bible. So goes the supposed pretence.
In truth, secularists advance this hogwash because they wish to marginalize Christians from all political participation. This is attributable to their desire for the law to be more permissive of their sin. When outspoken Biblical Christians opine, they usually remind others about the rightness or wrongness regarding proposed legislation and the social movements that inspire said laws. Secularists would rather not be reminded and convicted about the ramifications of their immoral inclinations and how codifying this libertinism into law would be perilous for a culture. Hence, the malicious propaganda attempting to discourage and legally alienate believers from engaging in their civic duty. (For a prime example, read about how the Johnson Amendment suppresses speech that delves into politics from the pulpit.)
Doubly sad and pathetic are the amount of Christians who fall for this lie, viciously rebuking their brethren for complying with a Scriptural mandate – loudly denouncing sin, wherever it appears. (Luke 3:7-14; 1 Timothy 3:15) Furthermore, when these misguided believers attempt to silence other Christians for opining in a Biblical manner about social and political issues, they are actually aiding the enemies of God in advancing the normalization of sin and censoring the church.
In the end, any and all acts and thoughts are either moral or immoral by nature. And since all social activity directly influences politics, both must be judged by the same absolute standard of right and wrong. Who better to adjudicate these things than the Body of Christ? Why then would we allow anyone to silence what the Scriptures have to say on these matters?