Electing for the Economy of People instead of the Economy of Power

In my theology and ethics class right now we are talking about the upcoming election and if there is an idea of the biblical candidate. I don’t want to go into that topic. In light of the upcoming election I want to say one thing that I have been thinking about and relating it to our preferred economics system that we use in ministry. In watching the debates and hearing much of the commentary it has been saddening to me to see that politicians are talking about the economy of power which puts job creation and production, money, and political control as the main goal of our country and each political candidates desire to the presidency and other offices.

In ministry we must understand that we have to have an eternal perspective in that we are called to live out because of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I am concerned when my friends, family, and ministry partners are so concerned that the state and whoever is elected will have authority to stop us from upholding God’s standards and the Gospel. Whenever we so identify our nation with God’s power and word with the political power and word there is danger for abuse. Meaning, if you believe that you have to vote Republican if you’re a good Christian, then we have fooled ourself that somehow Jesus or the Bible is better represented by one party than the other. Democrats and Republicans are all interested in maintaing their power structure, not representing a godly politic. Instead of buying into concern and protection of the economy of power, we need to live into the economy of people.

The economy of people means concern for those who have nothing to give us in return, talking about social issues other than abortion or gay marriage, and laying down our lives for people who might even identify themselves as our enemies. Buying into this economy takes a lifetime for production. There are no quick fixes. Diving into the economy of people is painful and forces us to come to a place at the end of ourselves where we are more concerned for others than ourselves. When talking about social issues we must be pro-life for all life, we must uphold the sanctity of marriage but also remember that the sacredness of marriage comes from the institute of the church by the power of God’s word that initiates the marriage ceremony (Genesis 2:23-24), and we must question how the current social structures in business and government are corrupt when they give special interests and favors to wealthier people instead of having true concern for the poorest of the poor. Democracy, socialism, communism are all fallen systems but whether or not we live under one of those structures we must realize that God’s power and message transcend all of these government and economical systems.

Love is the currency of God’s economy. God’s economy values people so much that he sent him to save the world and give eternal life (John 3:16), so as ambassadors for his kingdom we must value people as well. No matter whether Romney or Obama are elected tomorrow, we must live into the reality that we need to go on in our lives and ministry to be about the economy of people instead of trying to cut into our share of the economy of power. The power is fleeting, but people are eternal and need to hear about Jesus’ love through our compassionate actions and words of grace. Only by giving up the power and sacrificing for people, even our enemies, even being open to suffering and persecution can the seed and life of God’s word flourish through his body the church.

In all this is what you can do: vote, pray, and love people no matter what political persuasion or views in light of God’s economy of caring and sacrificing for others.

Also see my post about the Church & State Conference at Multnomah Biblical Seminary presented by New Wine, New Wineskins: http://wp.me/p1oVBU-fx

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3 thoughts on “Electing for the Economy of People instead of the Economy of Power

  1. “If you believe that you have to vote Republican if you’re a good Christian, then we have fooled ourself that somehow Jesus or the Bible is better represented by one party than the other. Democrats and Republicans are all interested in maintaing their power structure, not representing a godly politic.”

    I have to agree with you for the most part. Although, the reason I find myself voting Republican is because some of the moral values the party platform holds to are closer to the Bible than the Democrats. Do I believe that the Republican party as a whole actually cares about God, the Bible, and his Gospel? Maybe some of them do, but as a whole I doubt it. “God” in their eyes becomes a way to sound good, kind of like how the Democrats reinserted God into their platform because they realized it didn’t sound good to NOT have him there in some way.

    And it’s not that simple morality is all there is to it either. Obviously the Gospel is the most important thing. But if you have a choice of the people who have very little regard for the Bible and the people who have even less than that, and when the only way to get the evil people out is to vote slightly less evil people in, what do you do? I guess it’s a matter of conscience, and in the case of my conscience, it winds up with me voting Republican. Plus, I much prefer a country with religious freedom than without.

    Anyway, I just wanted to comment on that. I agree with you that, in the end, God’s Kingdom is the greatest, most important, and ultimate form of government there is, and it’s the only one that truly matters.

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