As Christians reflect on the 2020 elections and look to the 2022 midterms, we must take note of the great division that has been revealed in the Church.
For many Americans, the 2020 presidential election has been extremely polarizing. Regardless of your political affiliation, one can see the erosion of conservative values in the wake of the 2020 election. I believe this reveals that reform is needed more than ever in America. Perhaps more than anything, the lost election has created more determination among conservative evangelical believers to “roll up our sleeves” and get to work reforming our states and our nation.
A critical factor in this equation is that bad eschatology (eg, the doctrine that things will get worse until Jesus takes us out of here) has largely caused the Church to be passive members of society. In addition to eschatology, there has been the Platonic thought or Greek-inspired dualism in the Church which has led so many to believe that only pastors are called to ministry and that the sole responsibility of ordinary believers is to sit on the pews on Sunday.
In reality, such a division does not exist. God sees us all as ministers (1 Peter 2:9). He is waiting you and me transform society (Matthew 28:18-20).
Indeed, we are called to be the Ekklesia – the church. Jesus used this Greek term to name the Church (Matthew 16:18) because the Ekklesia in ancient Greece, especially Athens, were the citizens called to legislate and decide what was good for their city or nation . The Ekklesia formed a legislative assembly which had the power to pass laws and determine policies to protect their rights as citizens.
In the same way, God wants us as believers to legislate, not only through prayer, but through our God-given privilege in the United States of America to vote biblically. Jesus calls us, His Ekklesia, to be salt and light in our nation (Matthew 5:13-16). Part of how we can answer that call is to be active in the mountains of society – but especially in the mountain of government.
We see how true the adage that elections have consequences is by the record number of evil and unbiblical executive orders our current president has signed into law, as well as his attempt to pass HR5 (“The Equality Act” ) and HR1, which would give power to the progressive left in perpetuity.
In this urgent hour in America, we cannot back down and remain silent. The Ekklesia is called to shine the light of Christ in society, for a time like this. We are also called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). As we help fulfill the Great Commission, we must bring the culture of Heaven or the culture of the Kingdom to the nations. It is not about setting up a theocracy, but rather about influencing society and bringing about cultural transformation. Cultural transformation is integral to the Church’s call to be an apostolic people.
Nobody can say, “I am not a leader. It’s not one of the gifts God gave me. If you are born again, you are a leader. The moment you accepted Christ, He placed His leadership in you—the Holy Spirit. We must manage the gift of the Spirit within us, listen to his insightful voice and allow him to guide us into all truth.
As children of God, we must step up, vote the Bible, and use our voice in every election – from city council to governor to president and everything in between.
I want to encourage apostolic networks, ministries and churches of all denominations to come together and unite their efforts to reach out and reap. God says we have exponentially increased levels of strength each time we work together. We know that in the end, God wins — but until then, we have to fight!
Dr. Ché Ahn and his wife, Sue, have been senior pastors of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California, since 1994. Dr. Ahn is the president of Harvest International Ministry, an apostolic network in more than 65 countries, and the international chancellor. from Wagner University. He earned his M.Div. and D.Min. of Fuller Theological Seminary and is the author of numerous books, including his latest publication, Returning our nation to God through historical renewal.