One of the truly bizarre things about the COVID-19 pandemic is how politicized it has become – especially in America. Recently religious practices have become a flashpoint. Last Friday, President Trump called for all houses of worship, including churches, to reopen – even threatening to override the governors if they did not allow such a thing to happen immediately. And while most all people of faith would love to be able to worship together again, it is unfortunate that faith is being leveraged by politicians.
To many Christians, reopening churches is a matter of faith – God will protect them. To some Christians, it is a matter of finances – bills can’t be paid if people aren’t there to donate. To several Christians it is a matter of ritual – gathering together is a necessary part of faith. To a lot of Christians, it is a matter of religious freedom – freedom to worship requires the ability to gather. But it’s disheartening to see these very real (if problematic) viewpoints being used by politicians from both sides to further their own ends.
The Bible makes it clear that mixing religion and politics always creates a dangerous combination. As followers of Christ, we should be respectful of our government leaders, but also realize that they do not always have our best interests at heart. The good news is that while Democrats and Republicans might try use us for their political schemes, God truly does have our ultimate good in mind. “So remember that the Lord your God is the only God, and you can trust him! He keeps his agreement. He shows his love and kindness to all people who love him and obey his commands. He continues to show his love and kindness through a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9). May we continue to place our full and complete trust in God and in Him alone!