Can one be a Christian and support the Democratic Party?
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, I was interviewed by host Brian Thomas of Blessings to Israel Ministries on his “God First” program. During the 45-minute interview we discussed how Christians should approach the 2012 election.
Brian Thomas: This is a testy, touchy question, but can a person be a true Christian and yet support the Democratic Party?
Nathan Jones: How can anyone support any political entity which removes God from His position of authority, that removes the Bible as our foundational moral principle and the Constitution as our ultimate protector of rights? That removes freedom as a way of life and replaces our national sovereignty with a global government in rebellion against God? That wants to enslave its own population and especially its own poor with government handouts? Which supports putting over 50 million of our children to death? That ends up calling what God calls good evil and evil good? How could any Christian who loves Jesus Christ and accepted Him as Savior support any organization, affiliation, political party, or candidate that supports all of that? I just can’t see how any Christian could.
Brian Thomas: I was having a conversation with a person on Facebook shortly after the Democratic Party had their vote whether to leave the removal of God or not from their platform. I made the comment asking Christians how they could support a party that has taken God out of their beliefs. I said I would not support them. Well, some person responded to me by asking, “I guess you also do not support the public school system because they’ve removed God?” I thought to myself that they’d have to come up with something better than that if they wanted to try to defend their support of a party that excludes God. But, there is no defense for it.
If God is removed from anything there is just no winning. There is no way possible you can’t take God out of anything and expect it to be successful. I would just like for so many people to really open their eyes and wake up to this fact. I think there are a lot of people who deep down inside they do know this, but they just don’t want to accept the fact or face the truth, they want to go along with tradition and stereotypes. Whatever it is they made an allegiance to, whether it might be their race or their political party, they have more of an allegiance to those things than they do to God. That’s just really troubling for me, especially when I look at people who say they are Christians but are voting against their own biblical morality.
Nathan Jones: It’s sort of like supporting a sports team. Take the Cowboys for instance. They’re not doing so hot. But, you know, here in Texas we love the Cowboys. We’ll support them no matter what. No matter how many times they fumble and make mistakes and all that, they’re our home team so we’re going to support them. I think people take politics like sports. They believe such a party is their home team, so they are going to agree with it no matter what they do because they are showing allegiance and loyalty. When it comes to a sports team, it might represent fair play or not, but sports are not really that important. But, when you talk about the morality of God and whether we follow Him or not, then it becomes ultimately important where our loyalties lie. Does our loyalty lie to our favorite sport team? Our favorite candidate? Our favorite party? Or, does our loyalty lie with God the Creator of the Universe, the One who saved us and gave us His moral law? That is the question that every Christian needs to ask themselves.
Brian Thomas: Yes, amen! I’ll just say this as well, and it’s probably not the best analogy, but you and I we are both married men. We support our wives of course, but we don’t agree on every single thing they do. There is no married couple I would think that has ever agreed 100% on every single issue. You sometimes have to voice your differences regardless.
I would at least say to Christians out there, at least if you’re going to stay with a party that is going against God, at least be willing to stand up and speak out against the things that they are doing and saying that are against God. Don’t just go along with them simply because as you stated they’re your favorite team. Don’t take that approach. At least be willing to say, “Hey, we need to change this or else we’re going to be on the wrong side of God’s favor.”
In the next part of Brian and my interview concerning the Christian’s approach to the 2012 election, we’ll try to discern what the United States will look like post-election, and review how a Christian should approach this time in history.