This is a fine list of reasons that should encourage Christians to engage in politics. It’s from the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the ERLC. That national ministry significantly inspired my local biblical citizenship ministry before we associated with another, similar national organization.
… numerous examples persist of Christians reasserting their influence and redeeming government to promote good and restrain evil. In How Christianity Changed the World, Alvin Schmidt documents Christian influence in government. Examples include outlawing infanticide, child abandonment and gladiatorial games in ancient Rome, ending the practice of human sacrifice among European cultures, banning pedophilia and polygamy, and prohibiting the burning of widows in India. William Wilberforce, a committed Christian, was the force behind the successful effort to abolish the slave trade in England. In the United States, two-thirds of abolitionists were Christian pastors. In the 1960’s, Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian pastor, helped lead the civil rights movement against racial segregation and discrimination.
My volunteer citizenship ministry has consisted mainly of relating the Bible to the news of the day and of reviewing biblical characters who were called to deal with secular political figures. Many Christians are appropriately concerned about the direction of US politics both before and after election day 2016. We have better opportunities to make positive change than most of us acknowledge.