For What It’s Worth

I don’t believe it’s possible to reach the national level of politics without compromising your principles.

I’ve been reflecting on 2 Timothy 2:4 (No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier), and I’m wondering if any Christian, particularly any Christian in ministry, should be involved in politics at all.

If that verse doesn’t mean that, what does it mean?

Anyway, to look to government to solve ANY of my personal problems is insanity.

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6 Responses to For What It’s Worth

  1. n8 says:

    Amen, brother!

  2. TimS says:

    …affairs of everyday life. I’m pretty sure that encompasses much more than simply politics. I think the key word is “entangles”. And that could be just about anything.

  3. Roger says:

    Including politics.

  4. Mary says:

    One of my brothers has suggested that anyone who wants to be President of the US should be disqualified from running due to obvious character flaws.

  5. TimS says:

    That’s a good point. You have to wonder about anybody who actually WANTS the job. Maybe it should be like getting called for jury duty. One day you check your mail and find out you’ve been selected for President duty. And what do you do? Like any normal person you start trying to figure out how to get out of it.
    But you know what? Many of our political problems would be solved if only TAXPAYING US CITIZENS were allowed to vote!

  6. siri says:

    Sorry. I Disagree.

    I don’t think this verse means that Christians should not be involved in politics at all. That idea might be derived elsewhere in the Bible … though I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. But here in this passage, in this context, Paul is just telling Timothy to focus on the work he has been called to do and to endure hardship that comes with the job along with those who also serve God. The soldier vs. civilian thing is just a juxtaposition of well-known images to make a point. And the point is that, in order to please the one who calls him to a specific job, one should focus on one’s responsibility/calling and not be sidetracked by things which are not part of the job. Had Paul used a different analogy such as, no restaurant chefs should busy themselves with the task of waiting tables so as to please the restaurant owner who hired them to cook, the verse would have retained the same meaning and message.

    Check out the following two verses. Two analogies are used and neither is related to the issue of government, politics, or our role as a citizen.

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