Is God a Republican?

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Is God a Republican?

Why the Trumpet does not take sides in politics
From the February 2003 Trumpet Print Edition

If Jesus Christ were a United States citizen, would He be a Republican? Or would He be a Libertarian? A Democrat, or a member of the Green Party? Maybe even a socialist? Would He have any political affiliation? Certainly, true Christians should want the same political association as Christ would have.

The term “religious right” is a popular one today; it is often used by the mass media, and, of course, the “liberal left.” Many have assumed that the staff writers of this magazine are Republicans, and part of the “religious right.” But I’ll let you in on a not-so-well-guarded secret: Not one member of our staff is a member of the Republican party.

At the same time, none of us are Democrats either. Or Libertarians, or socialists, or members of the Green party!

Yes, we do discuss world politics in detail. We discuss a myriad of geopolitical issues, decisions and the results of those decisions. That is done, however, with the only unimpeachable source of truth firmly in mind: the Holy Bible. God’s revelation determines our analysis of any situation, whether it is political or not.

Certainly anyone would agree that the Bible is not politically correct. As followers of God’s Word, neither are we. The fact is, while the political parties heatedly discuss the issues of the day, while the news media frantically scramble to cover the stories they generate, they are all missing the point, ignoring the most phenomenal news story of all time—that Jesus Christ is about to return to this Earth as King of kings and Lord of lords! The government—one that true Christians are part of—will be on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6).

Jesus Christ’s “political” affiliation should be becoming clearer to us all by now: He is simply above politics! When He returns, He will establish the government of His Father in heaven, one that will “break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44). In the wonderful World Tomorrow, there simply won’t be any political parties remaining.

We believe that we serve as ambassadors for this Kingdom today. As ambassadors, we cannot be part of another government—or any political body of any nation founded on man’s ideals (although God does command us to be subject to man’s government, as long as it doesn’t cause us to breach God’s law—Titus 3:1).

God’s government is built on His perfect law of love. Do the political parties show each other godly love and unconditional, outgoing concern? Do they express care and concern even within their own organizations? Do they each esteem the other better than themselves, as God would have them do? Are the policies they espouse based on His Word? Any thinking person would have to admit that the answer to each of these questions is NO.

Whether a Republican or a Democratic majority exists in the U.S. government, we do not see a less polarized or partisan America. On the contrary! When we get to the core of the matter, we actually see dog-eat-dog rivalry and hatred. We see a downward spiral—the constant slinging of mud, as each side attempts to achieve what is best for it. We see nothing but “love for my party and hate for yours!”

When Jesus Christ returns to establish the Kingdom of God, there is a list of names He will be called (Isaiah 9:6)—Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, etc.—but “majority leader” is not among them. He will be the leader of all that is! There simply will be no political parties in His government. The instruments of His government are defined as follows: “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all …” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

Ultimately, the efforts of mankind’s political parties won’t mean a thing. Whether the Republicans implement a missile shield or the Democrats socialize the medical services in this country, or the Green Party succeeds in legalizing marijuana, Jesus Christ IS coming back, and His Word will be law!

Anyone who knows the heart of man—that it is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9)—can understand why the peoples of the Earth will resist Christ at His Second Coming (Isaiah 29:8; Zechariah 14:3). Not only will the “conservatives” fight Him; not only will the “liberals” fight Him—but so will the communist nations, the Islamic nations, the Hindu nations, and, in fact, all the nations of the Earth!

The good news is, Christ’s victory over this intense opposition will usher in the greatest time of peace and prosperity the world has ever known. Just as the political motivations behind our governments today are futile, so too will be the opposition of man to Jesus Christ.

Furthermore, there is no political solution to this world’s problems, only a divine one. And that solution will be implemented regardless of the actions of any man, regardless of political affiliation—regardless of whether we even believe Jesus Christ will return. His government is coming.

This publication exists to warn the world about the terrible times just ahead of us and to announce the soon-coming Kingdom of God. It is in the light of Bible prophecy that we examine world events, that we show the fulfillment of God’s Word to our readers month after month. It is this understanding that makes sense of the political events we so often analyze.

But the revelation of our all-powerful God also tells us that, when all is said and done, politics will be a thing of the past!