by Lisa Ellison
My son asked me why everything we do relates to politics. At first, I said it didn’t, but then he reminded me of the homeschooling meeting we’d just attended. During that meeting, we discussed valid concerns about the Democrat-controlled legislature limiting our freedom to homeschool. So, I told my son he was right, politics does relate to every part of our life. My freedom to homeschool and to make my own health choices, the freedom to have my own business or a gun, my safety in a women’s restroom, the media offered at the library, and the freedom to practice my faith are all impacted by politics. North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says, “If you get out of bed in the morning, you’re involved in politics. In fact, if you do not get up out of bed in the morning, you’re still involved in politics—from the cradle to the grave and even past the grave. Politics affects every aspect of life and death from every place, where you worship to where you work. And so, you have two choices. You can do politics, or you can allow politics to do you.”
As with politics, my faith impacts every area of my life. Theologian Abraham Kuyper said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Everything belongs to God. God tells me how I should treat my family and my enemies and how valuable life is; He defines marriage; and He shows how lives are negatively impacted by not following His guidelines. My entertainment choices and how I use my time and money are also impacted by my faith. My faith does not stop impacting my life when I step out the door of my house. I have a responsibility to tell other people about God simply because I care about them as fellow human beings and don’t want them to experience the negative effects of not following our Creator and King.
Laws exist to protect the rights of people. Our Constitution was wisely written with the understanding that we’re all depraved sinners and that power corrupts. Our Constitution protects us from the government and ensures checks and balances. However, the more laws we have, the bigger the government gets, which results in less freedom. Fear is an incredibly powerful motivator. The more fear we have, the more we allow government to step in and make more laws. The problem is that those laws continually encroach upon our freedoms and never go away, and so the government just keeps getting bigger. Thomas Edison said, “The strength of the Constitution lies in the will of the people to defend it.” Will you help defend the freedoms given to us by God? Will your faith impact every area of your life? Will you simply sit back and allow politics to impact your life, or will you speak up and get involved?