There is an apathetic attitude toward politics that has permeated the young generation of believers. Many of my fellow young brothers and sisters in Christ quite honestly could not care less about politics and do not grasp the significance of casting our vote. I have frequently heard millennial Christians even go to the lengths of suggesting political involvement is unbiblical.
As a political junkie, this attitude troubles me. Why? For starters, while this generation of Christians turns the other way and sits at home on voting day, secular millennials are going the exact opposite direction. During my time clerking in the Iowa State House, working press and volunteering for campaigns, something has struck me: the majority of people I see getting involved and making their voice heard are not our parent’s age, but fellow college students and young adults. Yes, older generations are still being heard and doing their part, but more and more so, younger generations are standing up.
What does this mean? It means that voices, ideas and opinions are definitely being heard, and they are more and more commonly the very things that the Bible teaches against. A prime example is the legalization of gay marriage; Christians are losing culture, and it is because of lack of influence in the political realm.
So not only is the voice of the Church not being heard, but the voice of the secular world is getting louder and louder, and culture is starting to decay. This brings me to my scriptural conviction for political involvement. Matthew 5:13 says, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
Salt in ancient times was used as a preservative, something that could keep the condition of food items. As Christians, we are light for the world, pointing them to Christ, but we are also the preservers; we are the ones that fight for morality in a dark and evil world. Shane Vander Hart, my father, said something on this point that stuck with me: “Can you picture what would happen to culture if every Christian in the world was removed? I can’t even imagine.”
Millennial Christians, like Matthew 5:13 describes, we are losing our saltiness! We are losing our effectiveness at preserving culture, and I firmly believe that it is through our lack of involvement in government. Is this world ultimately our home? No, we are citizens of Heaven, but since Christ has placed us here, we need to fight for righteousness and morality as long as we are here.
I know the presidential election is months away, but campaign season is right now. As much as I love politics, I know campaigning, caucusing, rallies and more are not for everyone. However, voting is simple, painless and takes very little time. If you do not vote, that is one less vote for what you do support, and one more vote for what you are opposed to. So please, my dear brothers and sisters-keep being salty; cast your vote.