How To Align My Political Views With My Religious Beliefs
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

How To Align My Political Views With My Religious Beliefs

At the intersection of faith and politics.

How To Align My Political Views With My Religious Beliefs

In today's politically-fraught climate, there's something I try to remind myself regularly. My faith shapes my politics, not the other way around. My political views must fit with my religious beliefs, because God should come first in my life. There are a lot of things I've been thinking about lately when it comes to politics. I'm young; I'm still figuring out a lot of my views on things, and the 2016 election and the inauguration less than two weeks ago have changed a lot of things. So how do I reconcile what I feel the Bible tells me with everything going on in our nation?

I know that the Bible tells us to help others in need (Matthew 25:41-46). I believe we should help others. Yet, I'm also concerned about the strain welfare and a national healthcare system place on our federal budget. I do believe the church and private organizations should be the leaders in helping those in need, but, especially with the refugee crisis, I see the need for the federal government to step up to the plate.

I know that, through the Bible, God calls us to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). However, in this day and age, I see the need to keep a strong military force because of various foreign threats, including terrorism and Russia.

I know that the Bible tells us to respect the authorities put in place (Romans 3:1-7), but I struggle with this because our government officials often make ungodly choices or don't respect us and others because of gender, race, and/or religion. We are a nation built on many freedoms, including the freedom of religion. We cannot ban people just because they are not Christian. I may not agree with the tenets of your religion, but I can still respect you and find common ground.

I know that the Bible emphasizes that men and women were created equal (Genesis 2:18 emphasizes that Adam had no comparable helper yet) and it emphasizes the sanctity of life, even before one is born (Psalm 139:13-16), yet many feminists say that pro-life women cannot be feminists only because we do not believe abortion should be a right. But I believe in a woman's right to life, even before she is born.

Finally, I know God has a plan and He will work everything out for the good of those who love Him, but I struggle to remember that in times like these. President Trump is not a good man. He is wishy-washy, power-hungry, vain, and a loose cannon. But I know God will use this chapter in our nation's history for good. If it means more people seek God, I will be thankful. If it means more people stand up for what's right, then all the better.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

In an already unprecedented political landscape, things aren't looking so bright for mail-in voters heading into November's election. In 46 states and Washington D.C., post offices received a warning that mail-in ballots may not be counted on time to count on election day, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Keep Reading... Show less

"New Girl" is one of the best sitcoms of all time. Honestly, it is so much fun to watch, so much fun to relate to, just all around a great show.

Not only is a great show, it has so many different great settings, obviously including the loft. If you live by Nick Miller quotes and desperately tried to learn how to play "True American," you need to buy these things because you are a true "New Girl" fan.

Keep Reading... Show less

You know those items you've been pinning to your Home board on Pinterest for [insert amount of time]? Well, it's officially the moment to turn that wishlist into a married life reality, and it's going to be SO fun.

But, before you get to shopping and adding things to your upgraded bridal wishlist (sorry, Pinterest, it was lovely while it lasted), you'll first want to decide where you want to open your registry (or registries, if you want options). Here are 17 of the best websites and stores to consider saying "I do" to for your wedding registry, to have and to hold for as long as people are buying you wedding gifts.

Keep Reading... Show less

If you've ever been in the dating game, or currently are, chances are you've had a date gone wrong. These are often times super embarrassing, but they are always funny to look back on.

Keep Reading... Show less

I just recently got engaged and planning a wedding during a pandemic is actually kind of a nightmare.

A lot of venues are taken for 2021 because of corona brides and grooms who have had to reschedule their weddings and the same goes for other vendors and literally everything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

While promoting her most recent movie, "Work It," Sabrina Carpenter has divulged some of her favorite beauty products to interviewers.

Keep Reading... Show less

When I say we can't stop thinking about the relationship advice Miley Cyrus dropped on "Call Her Daddy" today, I mean it literally.

Her truth bombs hit me (and most who listened) like a wrecking ball and coupled with the release of her new song "Midnight Sky," we're going to need some time to process the greatness. In case you haven't listened yet (what are you waiting for?), here are 10 relationship tips Miley shared that we should all live by for the rest of time.

Keep Reading... Show less

Founders Of Color: Rec Room's Dre Taylor On What Blackness Can Look Like And Not Working For Free

"It mattered to me that when we were depicting racial diversity for Rec Room, we showed the broad spectrum of what Blackness can look like."

Rec Room

The world of sustainable fashion is inundated with marketing gimmicks, false advertising, and large corporations cutting corners — Rec Room is the pure antithesis of that.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 At-Home Therapy Tips You Need, No Matter What Your Therapy Routine Is

Whether you're in a Zoom session or live-chatting, make sure your home therapy space is good to go.

No matter what stigmas you held about therapy before this year, I'm sure 2020 has affirmed that we could ALL use a nice long therapy session. Between wildfires that took over an entire continent, a global health crisis, and what's sure to be one giant circus of an election in the United States, we need help and we need it now.

The fact of the matter is, therapy has been a helpful, valid resource long before the world decided to become one giant dumpster fire. Having a safe space to discuss what's going on in your life, worries you have, and struggles you're facing has become a very normal thing for individuals' mental health.

Keep Reading... Show less

Dunkin' just announced that they'll be releasing their fall menu earlier than ever — set to debut on August 19 — and that it'll include new menu options this season, including a new signature pumpkin spice latte. Let me just say, Starbucks has some fall-menu competition now.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments