Matthew 4:4 – “…”It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” NASU
Did our Lord have anything to say on political matters during His time on earth? That depends on whether you read His teachings for specific direct quotations regarding political matters or His implied statements in what He taught.
An example would be on ‘fair wages’. In Matthew 20 our Lord told of the conscientious vineyard owner who was concerned about his crops being harvested and hiring idle laborers. He, at different times of the day, went to the marketplace and hired laborers. Then at the end of the day he took those he had hired last and paid them but when he came to those who had worked the full day he paid them the same amount and they were furious shouting and murmuring ‘unfair’ or in today’s world they would be calling for ‘wage and salary’ laws to be mandated to any employer. Notice what Jesus said that the business owner said, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?” (v.15) Our Lord was, by telling this story implying that it is the right and privilege of the laborer and the employer to come to an agreement as to wages and no outside entity should legislate differently.
The Bible speaks about caring for the ‘poor’, the ‘widows’, and ‘orphans’ as well as giving a clear directive regarding ‘laziness’ and ‘idleness’. Therefore, indirectly and directly He speaks of the ‘entitlement world’ and gives a biblical directive on how we should operate regarding those in our family and communities. He did not mention nor did any of the New Testament writers a ‘government program’ of welfare but a personal and community one. Jesus spoke of unjust weights and measures speaking of unjust trade and there was a prescription for each of those and it always came back to the church, the community, and the individual to police.
Jesus did say to Peter regarding the taxes that were mandated, “Render to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar and to God that which belongs to God.” We are told to ‘pray’ for those that rule over us. Yet, our Bible speaks to every aspect of life and teaches that our lives should not and cannot be regulated or legislated into holiness or morality. That is a matter of the heart not a matter of some man-made law. Of course, we need laws and yes mankind is morally bankrupt enough that we cannot be a ‘law unto ourselves’ with regard to life and property. But with regard to how we earn our livings, care for the needy, and do business we have a guidebook that is impeccable and if followed by individuals and the Church our world will dramatically turn from the present path of decadence and depravity toward a godly way.
So, before you adamantly proclaim that Jesus was never involved in politics you might want to read what He taught and realize that He dealt with life and politics is part of life. I trust what Jesus said not what man thinks about what He said. The Bible teaches and I believe that the most important is the eternal not the temporal. The Bible, if followed will affect every dimension of life, including the political for the political affects life. Jesus came that we might have LIFE and that life be abundant. Abundance is not in what is possessed in the natural but what we have in our spirits. We are in this world in the flesh but not of it in the spirit. That means we must deal with everything that affects our lives in the here and now and maintain our relationship with our Creator preparing ourselves for our Eternal Destiny.
May God be with you as you go through your day!