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Hello, everyone, this is Josh Mahler and you were listening to Politically Insane. I welcome you back to the show. This is our first show of 2021. So I want to start off by welcoming everybody to a brand new year. That's right, we are finally to 2021. I know many people are very much excited to get out of 2020. Like I said, in my last episode, I think there is some good that we can bring into 2021 from looking back at 2020. So just always remember the positive, always stay positive, but also stay positive for a bright new year. I really am excited for 2021 there's a lot of good things to look forward to, in my personal life and my career life and, of course, for this podcast, I have a lot of bright things looking up for this podcast. And hopefully everybody else can enjoy that as well. I know one thing that some have maybe noticed, especially for those who listen to this podcast, maybe on the regular, we do have some new branding, we have new podcast cover art, a little bit new sounds that you'll hear throughout each episode, and everything like that. So I mean, there is some new stuff. I've also also joined a podcasting network called independent Podcast Network, go ahead and go check them out. It's, it's a great thing to be there. So far, I've met some really great people that have helped me out quite a bit so far, and really looking forward to the relationship between podcasters there. Anyways, you know, just looking forward to this year, what I want to focus more on kind of my new year's resolution for this podcast, if you would say, I really do want to look forward to spreading more of God's Word. Through this podcast, I think I've focused a little bit more on maybe maybe a bit more on politics instead of focusing on Christianity or Christian topics on this podcast. And I do want to kind of direct towards that Christian aspect of it. Because if you back up and listen to the very first podcast episode that I had ever released, it was the difference between really kind of explaining what Thomas Jefferson meant when he explained the separation between church and state. And that's one thing is that I don't want Christians and this is something I'll get into. I don't want Christians to let politics take over their lives. But I do want Christians to be involved in politics. And the reason being is we'll get into a lot more in depth, you know, throughout this episode. But you know, the reason being is that we need good people, to influence politicians, we need good people to become politicians, we need good people just to spread, you know, that good message to other people who are involved in politics, things of that nature. And we'll get into specifics here in just a minute. But, you know, just going into this year, I do want to talk a little bit more of that Christianity in our politics, because that's, that's one thing that, you know, whenever I started this show, I truly wanted this show to be about Christians, and our views on politics. So I do want to really stretch into that Christianity a little bit more, I feel like I've failed as a Christian to really bring that out in this show. But this is a Christian politics network. And that's what I want it to be known for. But to start off, really a question that that I've heard a lot in my life, you know, a question I've been asked before. Just a question just in general that I know a lot of Christians have on their minds. Should we have a voice in politics? Or should we be involved in politics at all, as a Christian? You know, one thing to start off is for every Christian, we should understand that we should be known to speak about God, we should be known as a Christian first, people should see us differently, people should see that we are different, just about in every aspect of our lives. But people should also see when they see us in any kind of political sense, they should see that we have a different political view from others, and by others, I mean, anyone of this world, anyone who is not focused on that Christianity, but we should have different views in general. And we should have different political views. Because of our Christianity. We really should we should have, you know, really complete different views altogether. And so when we ask, should we have a voice in politics, first and foremost, understand that you should be different, because you were a Christian. You should be different, just in the sense that that you are a Christian, but you should also be different in political views, anything political, you should be different. You are a Christian, first and foremost. That's what you need to put first and foremost in your life. And that's what I'm urging from For all Christians, I don't want you to misunderstand, I know I've been guilty of it in my life to let politics kind of overtake some of my life and kind of distract me from Christianity. Don't let that happen to you. I've been good, especially here recently, I've tried to get back to that, that that base of that base foundation of having my Christianity guide me in everything that I do. You know, when we ask this question, should we have a voice in politics should be should we be involved in politics at all? Well, to that, I would just simply ask another question. Are we just to let atheists run our government? You know, maybe not necessarily atheist, but are we supposed to just let corrupt people run our government? Are we supposed to let these people these evil people really dictate? You know, what, what is going to be done within the government? Should we let these evil people you know, within our local governments within even just talking in politics, in our daily lives, you know, whatever, a little bit of politics, you might either listen to talk about whatever the case may be, are we just supposed to only let you know corrupt people? Or we only supposed to let you know, maybe an atheist run our government? Are those the only types of people that are allowed to be in government? Or talk about politics, be involved in politics? Have any kind of a voice in politics? Well, I think that would be pretty silly to say that, yes, only those types of people are allowed to do so. And we'll maybe we can understand a little bit more of that through this message. But first of all, you know, another question that comes up, is there anything in politics that would even affect our Christianity? Or vice versa? Is there anything that our Christianity could even affect in politics? Really think about that? Is there anything that has anything to do with Christianity and politics? Or is there anything that politics have to do with your Christianity? Now, overall, no, politics do not have anything to do with my Christianity, I will be a Christian, no matter what political views others have, I will be a Christian, no matter what the government tells me, I can or can't do that, you know, the government can not dictate my Christianity, no one can dictate my Christianity other than God Himself. So ultimately, that's there, but the government can have an impact on our Christianity, right? They really can think about some of the the things that our topics, some of the topics that are in our government, some of the topics that are in politics, abortion, think of capital punishment, there are rich people, and there are poor people in our, in our nation. And the government has somewhat of a say so and how they help them. You know, just the role of our government in general, in many other topics, or, you know, they're all talked about in the Bible. And all of these are also talked about in our government. They're talked about in American politics. So yes, there are some things that are Christianity, or Christianity could maybe influence politics, and politics could influence or impact our Christianity. Our government decides a lot of these things such as abortion, for example. Our government gets a lot of say so in whether things like this are okay or not in our nation. So there are some things that that impact Christianity, or where Christianity could impact politics, they could impact Christianity could impact politics in a very positive sense. They really could. If we as Christians don't get involved in some kind of capacity, then who will make these decisions on things like abortion or capital punishment? How to Treat the rich and poor? You know, just what the role of our government has? Who's going to decide things like this if Christians aren't involved in some capacity? Are we just supposed to sit back and let corrupt politicians torment the Christians in our nation, with their decision making? Are we to not try to do something to help our physical nation focus on the spiritual nation? That is being God's kingdom? Are we not supposed to do anything as Christians? Are we supposed to sit back and let everything go on around us and not jump into politics in some sense, to guide those politics to Christian morals? Because Christian morals coming from God, the morals that God has said Those are the morals that our nation should be focused upon. Those are the only true morals out there. No other sense of morals has anything to do. It has really has no impact, it has no meaning. The only true morals are the morals that God has set into each one of our our hearts. That conscience that you have, that tells you that you're doing something wrong, that makes you feel guilty. That's something that God has instilled in each and every one of us. So as Christians, we need to talk about these topics, we need to talk a little bit about politics. in whatever capacity you can. We do need to, it's not necessary to get into politics, I'm not trying to say that if you're a Christian, you have to be involved in politics. But to spread God's word, so that our politicians can focus on helping our nation be one under God as we are supposed to be. You know, it like I said, I'm not not urging every Christian to go out there and be involved in politics to become a politician, nothing like that. If you don't like to talk about politics, that's fine, I think we can still get that message across. The message that I'm trying to say right now, is really just to spread God's love to incorporate that into our politics. So I mean, you could still do that by just showing God's love and that that loving spread on and a chain reaction happening, where your, your influence and showing God's love is spread on to the next. And that ends up impacting somebody who impacts our politics, that could still happen. And I'm not saying you have to be involved in politics in order for that to happen, because that's nonsense. But to say that Christians cannot be involved in politics, that's where I have an issue. Because Christians, if we don't have Christians in politics, then what you're saying is only corrupt people can be politicians. We need to reach out to those corrupt people as well. Right. So once they become a Christian, now they have to step down from their their political roles. No, no, I think Christians should be in politics, if that's what their heart desires, may be our calling in life, is to help our nation and those in it by running for an office of some sort. You know, maybe, maybe that's what our calling in life has to be. Because being in those higher offices, it could have some good for our country, as far as directing them back to God. People being in those higher government roles, those higher political roles, that could lead to good, that could lead some, to see the difference in them. lead them to finding God in their lives. This can all be, you know, this can all be good things. As long as we keep our main focus on God at all times. I'm not saying devote your life, your life to politics. I'm saying devote your life to God, and let that impact our politics. You, as a Christian do not have to be involved in politics, to devote your life to God, and spread that word, that good word, that good message to others, and then somehow that ends up impacting our politics. So you don't have to be involved in politics. But if you are involved in politics, letting our you know, making sure that we keep our main focus on God, at all times can use our Christian impact to impact our politics. That's what I'm calling out for. Another question that I've heard, and it's something that's actually been asked to me recently, is do you see any examples of God's people who are involved in government? Is there anyone that would be called one of God's people that was involved in government in any sense? Because people have tried to challenge me on this before? And you know, at first I was thinking well, I don't know. I guess not. But I don't know how we would know that. I mean, it's not really told of a much in the Bible. So I really don't know. But I got to think and we do know we have, we have some pretty direct, direct things in the Bible, direct scriptures that tell us that there were some of those who would be called God's people. There were some that were Christians. There were some in the Old Testament, that were a part of God's people. They were part of God's nation. And they were involved in politics, they were involved in the government. Romans chapter 13, verse four states, that the government authority is God's servant for you, for your own good. How can this be? If there are not any of God's people in government positions? How can they be for your good? If there's nobody in those government positions that are Christians? I find that kind of hard to answer if there's no Christians in political roles. And not only that, but like I said, backing up into the Old Testament, we know that there are a few examples. I'll give a few examples of God's people in government positions in political positions, starting offered backup right to David. We know, we know that David was one that was of God's people. I mean, for goodness sakes, Jesus was in the lineage of David. So we know that David was one of God's people. David was a king that was chosen directly by God. God chose David to lead his people because he knew that he was good. David was a good, good king that did good in the sight of the Lord. We see that several times throughout Scripture. Other good kings were actually compared to David, when talking about their good that they did. And also you think about it, if I may, David was almost like a prototype of good kings. You when there were a king and place, they were almost compared to David, to test how good they were, I suppose. They their good was compared to David's good. We can definitely see this. We see throughout scripture that David was a man after God's own heart. And First Kings 15, verse five, it says, David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turn not aside from anything, that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite, which those who don't know Uriah the Hittite was a man that he was actually married to Beersheba. And it was David had gotten beersheva pregnant. It was a bad thing. David was not a perfect human being. But that's what First Kings 15 five, was, is telling us here, that, though he did do wrong in his life, he did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord. He didn't turn away from anything that God had commanded him and all the days of his life. David absolutely was a man, that would be of God's people. And he was a king. He was in one of the highest political roles of the day. David's son, Solomon, Solomon was, he was the son of David, he was a king as well. He took that role following after his dad. He did many good things for the nation as a United Nation before they were split into Israel and Judah, and between the North and South kingdoms. He did stray away from God in his later years in life. But if you believe him to be the writer of the Ecclesiastes, which I do, I believe him to be the writer of Ecclesiastes, then if you believe that, then you know that he did find life was meaningless without God. Not only that, but Solomon Actually, he was, he's known as the wisest man to ever walk the face of the earth. And that being his that he got that wisdom from God directly. God asked him, to, you know what he would want from God, God was going to give him anything, he could have asked for any riches of the world, he could have asked to be the richest man which he was possibly the richest man to ever walk the face of the earth as well. But that wasn't because he asked for riches. He had such a wise heart, and a heart that was striving to be wise, that he asked God for wisdom. Because of that, because of his heart, and asking for wisdom, God not only gave him wisdom, which is where we see that he was so wise, he was a man after God's own heart there. But he not only did God give him that wisdom, God also gave him an abundance of riches. Solomon was a man after God's own heart. He was one of God's people. And if you don't believe him to be one of God's people through his entire life, you can at least look at his life and understand that he was one of God's people, for at least the earlier days of his life. The latter days of his life, he did fall away from God. But if you believe him to be the writer and Ecclesiastes, which I think there's a lot of proof there. topic for another day there but there is a lot of proof that he is the writer of poetry. Asti, as you can see that, if that is the truth, he did turn his life back to God. Looking at this, just in general, Solomon was a man, he was one of God's people. And really just to kind of I don't want to break down each and every good king that there was. But in Judah, there was a has Jehoshaphat, Isaiah, Jonathan Hezekiah, and Josiah, who were also all of the good kings of Judah. And they were also good in the sight of the Lord. They do did good for for God. Josiah was, I believe the youngest King, to ever rule over Judah. And he, he completely turned the kingdom of Judah back to God, he completely reformed the kingdom. They were all so far from what he read, he read what God's people were supposed to be, and saw that they were so far from that. And he demanded that that the entire nation turn back to God. And he did a lot of good in that political role. So I mean, Josiah is another great example. Really, a has Jehoshaphat is Aya, jotham, and Hezekiah are all good, good examples of that as well. They were all of God, they were all of God's people. And they were in a political role. They were involved in politics. This is a pattern that we're seeing here. These kings were all involved in politics, yet still remained true to their king on high. The one true king, God, they stayed true to him. They use their relationship with God to strengthen their people, and help the land in many positive ways. They did good in these political roles. And they did good by staying true to God. Paul wrote to Timothy and First Timothy chapter two, saying that we should pray for our political leaders. And also we can look back at the psalmist, who I believe, was David, in Psalm 33. It says that a nation who recognizes God as our Lord will be blessed. A great example of why we need good people in charge in our politics, guiding our nation towards God is given in Proverbs chapter 29, verse two. I'll read that for you. Proverbs, chapter 29, verse two says, when the righteous increase, the people rejoice. But when the wicked rule, the people groan when the wicked rule, people groan. Now we can take this and really break it down. What does that mean? That the people will groan when the wicked are ruling? Well, I mean, we've seen a lot of that here recently, right? Back in 2020, there was a lot of wicked rulers who caused a lot of the people to groan, right? I know, I've seen a lot of that in the news. People were definitely upset about something. And it wasn't because of good rulers, it wasn't because of good politicians. It was because some evil politicians spreading really rumors and laws about good politicians, turning God's people, even against these good politicians, they returning the nation of the United States against these politicians. There were some bad people ruling. But when we see that the you know, when we see these righteous people rolling, the people rejoice that people are in a better mood. I don't know many people that will accept the Lord in a bad mood. I don't know many people that will accept a Lord when they're groaning. In fact, in my experience, when I try to talk to people about the Lord, when they're groaning, I don't get a good response. I really don't. That's just factual information. When I talk to people who are in a good mood about the Lord, not only is it easier on me to talk to them, but they're more accepting of the message that I'm giving to them. So, ultimately, we need good people in those positions so that the people can rejoice. Now, should we be consumed in politics, because this is something that most Christians, I think, when when they, when they recommend not to be involved in politics, I think that's what they are truly meaning is that we shouldn't be consuming ourselves. I know some that would recommend against being political in any sense, but only because they don't want us to be consumed or to be focused so much on, you know, the the physical politics. They don't want us to be focused on that so much, that we forget the politics that we should be focused on and that being the politics of the spiritual nation, the spiritual kingdom that we are supposed to be a part of So should we be consumed in physical, you know, just for the country that I live? Should we be consumed in American politics? Should we be consumed in world politics? The answer is simple. No, we should not be. We should not ever let politics consume us so much that we, we that we lose sight of who we are, as Christians, politics on earth really have no true meaning. They are absolutely useless when this life is over. As a Christian, we need to remember that we need to remember that these American politics, these world politics, of whatever nation, physical nation, that you are a part of, they mean nothing. The only politics that truly means something, our politics of a greater nation, a spiritual nation that will live on forever, that has no end. That is the nation that we need to remember. That is the nation that we need to be a part of. That's the nation that that we need to focus on that those politics, those stronghold on earth can withstand God in His judgment. So no matter how strong our nation is, physically, we can't withstand God's judgment. And that's what we need to remember as Christians. And matter, Matthew, chapter 28, and verse 18. Jesus said, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Jesus said, that all authority is given to him. And all of that authority is in heaven. Jesus is in heaven, we need to render that authority to God ultimately. So ultimately, our authority our, our politicians that we look at in this earth, they have no authority over us. If they start to put restrictions on our Christianity, though we do have a great, a great constitution that protects that freedom of religion, there are there very well could be a day that the politicians and our physical nation tell us that we are not allowed to practice our Christian faith. We need to remember this first that Jesus says that all authority is in heaven. All authority that is in heaven and on earth, has been given to Jesus Himself. We need to remember Him as our our main authority, we need to keep our focus on the authority that he has. And Paul said in Philippians, chapter three, verse 20, but our citizenship is in heaven. And from it, we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to remember that remember that our citizenship as Christians, as God's people, our citizenship is in heaven. Our citizenship is in the kingdom of God. Our one true citizenship, it's not on this earth. It's in heaven. Whatever we do on earth in this lifetime, we need to remember who all authority truly goes to. We can be in politics, or at least concerned with politics, speaking about politics daily to our, you know, co workers, or maybe our colleagues, those who we go to school with, if you're, if you're younger, still going to school, or even even if you're older, still going to school that happens to I'm 23 years old, and I still go to school. Of course, I'm, I'm only going to classes online right now for for COVID. But so I go to classes, there's people that I talked to there, no matter what the case may be, you can you can be involved in politics, in some sense, whatever sense that is, whatever, whatever aspect, you are involved in politics, you you can do that as a Christian you can. And you can do that without taking away from your Christianity. We can on our Christianity spread the love of Christ through our politics. Most likely, if you're listening to this right now, you're involved in politics of some sort. That's just the likelihood of it. If you're listening to a show called Politically Insane talking about American politics, from a Christian perspective, you're most likely involved in politics of some sort, in some capacity. If you realize that you have let your political views direct your life away from Christianity, then you really need to fix that. I've been guilty of that in my own life. It's, it's been hard, especially when seeing things that you know, you feel one way you feel that you know, your your physical nation needs to stand up for what's right and maybe, maybe lead to things such as a civil war. And I've had had that in my mind. And in the past, that, you know, things are going so out of hand that I'm going to be involved in this physical war. But when we start to let our politics guide us away from our Christianity, and Thinking that we need to start physical violence. That's where we really need to focus ourselves back on God, we need to make sure that our focus is always on God. If you need any kind of encouragement to do that, always remember that you can absolutely reach out to me, I know I have, I have plenty of resources that I can get you in contact as well, if you don't feel that I'm qualified enough, that that's totally fine with me, I, I won't take any offense to that. If you want to talk to somebody who's maybe, in your mind qualified to help you in any way, I really want people to be encouraged to keep themselves focused on Christianity. But you know, being a Christian, that's what needs to come first. And that needs to direct our paths, wherever it leads us. We always need to remember that. But like I said, for those who may have been guilty of maybe spreading the word that Christians should not be involved in politics, or maybe you've heard that message given to you many times. And it's discouraged you whatever the case may be, just remember, there are Christians who were involved in politics that did some good things for their nation. There are our for our founding fathers. They were Christians. They set up this country to succeed and also to do so by having a constitution that was focused on morals focused on Christian morals. That constitution is to keep this this country founded on Christian morals. Keep it focused on Christian morals, keep it focused on God. So ultimately, that's that's my message for today.
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