REVISITING CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE



By Brandon Bailey



I am a firm believer that there are Christians who are called to politics. These are individuals who are anointed by God as change agents and must accurately represent God on political platforms. A fundamental challenge in the church of Jesus Christ is the separation of sacred and secular roles in society. This separatist theology in many ways has been the undoing of the advancement of God’s agenda for and in the nations of the earth.





What is separatist theology?


Separatist theology is when we categorize calling on the basis of what is sacred and what is secular. If a person does anything within the church framework we label that a sacred and a high calling. If the same person has a high position of influence in a secular institute we deem that unimportant and irrelevant. That approach often left people feeling empty and disconnected from God and somehow forced them to abandon an authentic call from God. Imagine over the years how many future presidents had to review their life and their call because it was seemingly contradictory to their faith. I have personally witnessed how the church has recalled her most anointed and chosen vessels from the fields of influence and significance. This contradicts everything about the faith. It propagates the idea that God cares only about the church and could care less about the nations of the earth. Our separatist theology stems directly from our end time theology. We are the victims of a theology that tells us to go into hiding while the earth falls apart because our escape plan is about to kick in. The church unfortunately is preparing for the door instead of preparing for participation and involvement in these systems of influence. What we often fail to understand as the church is that we cannot change what we cannot touch. Whenever God gets ready to change a system he confronts our definitions of sacred and secular.


Acts 10:11-15

“11He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”14“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”


This scripture clearly illustrates how God invaded gentile territory with the gospel. It started with a redefinition of what is considered clean and what is considered unclean. In our 21st century context that which is considered sacred and that which is considered secular. I am very clear on my position that Christians are called and anointed for politics. Let us briefly consider the role and impact of kingdom/called politicians.


Opportunist Politicians and Anointed Politicians

As Christians we must know that there is a distinction between opportunist Christian politicians and anointed Christian politicians. Opportunist Christian politicians are the type of individuals who enters the political arena with their own agenda and not a kingdom agenda. These individuals do not have a perspective on anything political; their thoughts are not authentic but borrowed. Those that are anointed by God for politics walk in a measure of authority and flow in authentic kingdom perspectives on critical matters. They are willing to stand alone and do not solicit back up when the heat is on. They know who called them and what they are anointed for. The opportunist and the anointed are often separated at the end of election season and the difference is obvious. There are several examples in scripture of politicians anointed by God. Amongst them Joseph, Moses, Daniel and a plethora of others.


Politics is dirty but kingdom politicians fight clean

The one phrase that never leaves politics is the one that says “politics is dirty”. I fully agree with that statement and I am also convinced that politics is dirty because of individuals who lack moral convictions and not dirty because of God. Kingdom politicians are released by God not to fight dirty but to clean the system with divine help. Daniel and his Hebrew brothers for example had their backs against the wall because their colleagues played dirty. They never played by the same rules and were always vindicated by their God. God preserves a contaminated system through and by means of representation. In Genesis 18 when Abraham negotiates the destiny of a contaminated Sodom & Gomorrah he negotiates their redemption on the basis of representation. If there is a righteous representation in that city God will spare it. Cities are not judged on the basis of how contaminated they are. Cities are judged on the basis of righteous representation. In the same way political systems are not judged on the basis of how corrupt it is, it is judged on the basis of the lack of righteous representation in its structures. Sodom & Gomorrah was judged because God could not find ten righteous individuals in the entire city. Kingdom politicians must flow in righteousness at all times because they represent God. God’s representatives must remind the system of God. No matter how harsh and trying the conditions become God vindicates those who represent Him well.


Matthew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Salt in ancient times was not used to add flavour but as a preservative. It preserved the food in The Middle East heat and extended the period of life for food. It is in that context Jesus said “you are the salt of the earth”. A flawed political system gets an extended life term because of righteous representation. This explains why Egypt under Pharaoh with a Joseph was spared, why Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar with a Daniel was spared. The righteous in the corridors of power must remain righteous and understand the battle is The Lord’s.


Just because you belong does not mean you should be vocal


Proverbs 17:27-28

“27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. 28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”


The easiest politician to trap and to expose is the politician who speaks the most. The political school of the 21st century is one build on noise and so many Christian politicians are buying into that. I am clear that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent but our generation of Christian politicians are speaking in a season where God calls for silence. In the USA for example the nation is divided on their two primary presidential candidates. One of the reasons is that both candidates said too much in days gone by. They missed the fundamental principle of practicing silence and are now in a tight space because their previous conversations are testifying against them. What brought longevity to the political career of Daniel was the ability to speak when necessary and to practice silence. If you have a loose tongue it will eventually haunt you in the field God assigned you to. Silence according to scripture is a sign of wisdom.


Do not disconnect from the faith


In the ruthless world of politics it is so easy to abandon the faith you once knew. Make sure that you maintain a sober mind and that you do not neglect your faith because you are preoccupied with building a career in politics. The one thing that stands out about politicians in scripture is their deep rooted devotion to God. It is from that deep and sincere devotion that they received impartation from God as to how they should navigate the often complex world of politics. Scripture records how Daniel prayed and how Joseph had a deep relationship with God. It is through your devotion that you know how to answer all men and respond with great wisdom from above. In the absence of personal devotion you are lost in the world of politics and it is only a matter of time before you succumb to the ruthlessness of dirty politicians. Joseph and Daniel served the most ruthless of leaders in the meanest empires and they thrived because God ordered their steps. They never lost that personal devotion. Remain connected to God and those He brought into your life for prophetic oversight.


Christian politicians can make it and thrive in the hostile world of politics because they know their God.


Daniel 11:32b

“……but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”