Why Christians should be Involved
By Mark Beatty
June 05, 2006
In a time when politics is treated with apathy--some 75% of eligible
voters do not vote, and the frustration of "why bother,
all politicians are corrupt liars," the temptation for most
is to save time by avoiding all involvement.
For those with a worldview informed by the Bible, however, this
is not the appropriate response. Some who reject the Bible might
also be influenced by this one ideal-the pursuit of justice.
Our country is founded on five ideals that together can form
a more perfect Union. In the preamble of the Constitution, the
first of these five is "to establish justice." This
is also an ideal from the Bible that is achievable in human affairs.
Hebrews 11 lists the hall of fame of heroes who achieved great
things through faith. One of the great, and thus worthwhile accomplishments,
is found in Hebrews 11:33, where we learn that some by faith
"administered justice." I like to think the writer
is referring to people like Mordecai whose deeds are recorded
in the book of Esther. He lived in a time where the political
corruption was so great that politicians liked to falsely accuse
their adversaries and then dangle them on scaffolds 60 feet in
the air-perhaps as a party novelty. Yet Mordecai became involved
and, at great personal peril, achieved justice for a weak and
vulnerable minority who were threatened by a powerful and bloody
The context of the epistle to the Hebrews provides safeguards
against radicalism and delusion. The first two chapters teach
Christians to listen to Jesus, great advice in a day where some
claim God's authority to do foolish and harmful things. Chapters
3 and 4 teach that Christians should rest in Jesus, this helps
to avoid the temporary pride and subsequent disappointments of
being involved in the messy public sphere. Chapters 5 to 10 teach
Christians to pray to Jesus, great wisdom when attempting the
impossible. With the foundation of listening, resting, and praying,
chapters 11 to 13 teach Christians to whole heartedly follow
Jesus-excellent advice in a world with so many distracting and
For Christians, the epistle to the Hebrews encourages pursuing
the ideal of justice as an expression of their faith in God.
Because the rewards might not come in this lifetime, one can
avoid the distraction of temporary success and live the simple
life of following Jesus. Who knows, miracles might happen like
they did for Mordecai.
About: Mark Beatty MA, THM,
PHD, MBA, JD wrote a dissertation that contains in depth analysis
of the book of Hebrews. Mark is presently running as the Republican
Candidate for the US Senate for Hawaii (see www.electmarkbeatty.com).
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