God Isn’t Political

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Hate to break it to you: God doesn’t vote like you do. No, you haven’t secured the approval of the Almighty for your opinions. Whatever greater power or purpose exists, you can be sure it doesn’t conform to your point of view on how the world works.

There’s nothing wrong with involving your personal and religious beliefs in your worldview and activism. In fact, it’s to be expected. Our belief system, if we’re serious about it, should affect our decisions. The difference is between acting based on our faith, and believing the whole universe does the same.

The problem is, using your belief system to determine facts fundamentally misunderstands the purpose of religion. Faith is supposed to form your philosophy on the world and answer questions that science doesn’t address. It constitutes your perspective on the reality you see before you. When faith begins to replace reality instead of support it, and starts to deny science and have a very specific take on modern issues, that’s when you run into problems.

The blunt truth is, the world doesn’t work on our terms. The universe just is. It doesn’t have a position on government welfare, capitalism, abortion, homosexuality, terrorism, universal healthcare, or Gaza. Those issues are all human inventions, challenges we have caused, and must address, over the years. The danger comes when people start trying to make believe that the universe conforms to their point of view, that these man-made issues are actually God-made. It absolves us from the responsibility to deal with the world we live in with honesty and thoroughness. When you say God holds a certain policy position, you instantly cut off all examination of causes and solutions, as well as any chance of cooperation with those who might think differently, whose cooperation you’ll need.

Faith is a beautiful thing. It allows us to derive purpose and meaning from the world around us, and addresses those existential questions that science will never cover. However, when religion jumps into unrelated human domains, that’s where things get ugly. Remember: God cares not for your politics.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.
  • Faith is gravity, truth is light. We are all walking around.

  • Dave Van Wyk

    Faith doesn’t deny science any more than science denies faith — ultimately people on the street have faith in what they BELIEVE to be science, and they don’t REALIZE that is actually faith — I know this, because I rarely run into somebody that knows as much science as I do, yet they hold opinions on things they know nothing about — take global warming as an example — they tend to believe it is “settled science” merely because talking heads on TV tell them it is, yet they don’t even know the scientific method, or how it myt apply.