I believe as Christians that we should be involved in influencing our government and the world of politics as a part of our civic responsibility and as a part of being salt and light in the world. The political world is part of the world Jesus commissioned us to go into. Proverb 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” We have a moral problem in America that politicians cannot fix it without God’s righteousness influencing their policy and politics. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” He also said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” This is not the time to be silent and remove our salt and light.
There was an American religious leader and influential public speaker named William John Henry Boetcker (1873–1962). He is best known for his “Ten Cannots,” which is often wrongly attributed to others. Boetcker also spoke of the “Seven National Crimes” that I believe speak about many in America. The Seven National crimes were:
1. I don’t think.
2. I don’t know.
3. I don’t care.
4. I am too busy.
5. I leave well enough alone.
6. I have no time to read and find out.
7. I am not interested.
We should repent if we are guilty of any of these National Crimes. If you love America, repentance, prayer, and righteousness is the way to restore America to her greatness.