I think I owe it to all of my readers (all 3 of them. lol!!!) to explain why I posted that last article in the original post.
The point I was trying to make (and the point I think Mr Giles was trying to make) is that there are a lot of Christians whose focus is almost exclusively on politics in their life.
I don't think that is a good thing. I am not saying Christians should not vote. Nor am I saying Christians should not be involved in the political process. What I do think is if a person's focus is on politics and not on God or on Jesus, that person's "vision" can become clouded.
Jesus was not a politician. He did not teach politics. The only time I can remember Him even discussing politics is when He told us to pay our taxes. He did not teach politics. He taught love for God and love for other people. Sadly, there is, in my opinion, a severe lack of these in politics.
I do think it is important to vote and to be aware of things going on in the political environment. But I do not think it is a good thing when a person is too focused on it to where it almost becomes another religion to them. That is unhealthy for one's spiritual growth.
I don't think that it is proper for a preacher to state his political views from the pulpit. That, in my opinion, is not his job. However, if one his "flock" were to come to him and ask him what he thought about a particular issue, that is perfectly fine. But no politicking from the pulpit please!!
So, in summation, a Christian should vote. We should vote based on our own beliefs. We should vote based on our own personal morals. We should talk, discuss, debate, etc...political issues with others.
But we should not leave Jesus and His teachings behind and forget about them.
A man can not serve two masters.