Get Involved in Politics

“I hate politics!” If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. Politics is maddening for some, intoxicating for others. It’s hard to watch the hypocrisy and self-righteousness of political parties and the ensuing conflict it produces. At the same time, we can’t help watching it like we can’t help slowing to see a wreck on the side of the road.

In spite of the messiness and even ugliness of politics, we should get involved in politics. Politics is part of life. Politics represents the challenge of people of diverse interests trying to get together to do something significant. Wherever this occurs, in home or church or state, you will find politics.

It’s easy to state your own opinion with argumentative intensity. It’s hard to state your own opinion with an inviting sweetness. It’s easy to follow the crowd or curse it. It’s hard to hold your own position with an affable inflexibility.

So, why make the effort? Because God made us for something more than to live isolated lives. He made us to live in community and do bigger things than build our own little private kingdoms.

The kingdoms of this world contain injustices. When we can fill our bellies and enjoy our vacations, it’s easy to ignore them. It’s easy but not noble. To ignore what is wrong in the world and play our fiddle while it burns is contrary to our nature as creatures made for life in a broader community.

“But it’s so hard!” Some will say. People will oppose us. Indeed, they will. Moses received little praise and much trouble for his involvement in public life, but he founded a nation.

“But we need to worry about souls, eternal life, and heaven!” This objection has some plausibility. But do you work on your own yard? Do you maintain your vehicles? Do you save for your children? If you are concerned with your own plot of ground, why not the bigger plot of ground that is your community?

“But nothing can change!” Nothing can be perfect, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be better. Was the American Revolution for nothing? Was slavery not worth opposing? Did not the civil rights movement remove the Jim Crow laws? Was not the Soviet communist empire overthrown?

If we are concerned about people, we will have to dirty ourselves in the messy world of politics. If we are concerned about justice, about our communities, our schools, our homes, our churches, there is no other option. We will have to get involved in politics.


Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash


Leave a Reply