The Christian perception about politics should not be that anything besides praying, explicit preaching and teaching of the Bible is a deviation from the mission of the church. Influencing our society with the values and principles of the kingdom of God must be seen from a broader perspective. The Christian worldview should provide a comprehensive understanding of reality. Your worldview as a Christian must speak to all areas of life, including political engagement.
Both the Old and the New Testaments speak about civil government and provide examples of faithful engagements by great men of God. Joseph and Daniel are examples from the Old Testament who served in civil government and influenced their world with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God. In the New Testament, Our Lord and master Jesus Himself engaged in holistic ministry by caring for the spiritual and physical needs of people. Feeding the hungry and healing diseases was an outworking extension of the reconciliatory message of the gospel.
Politics is seeking the opportunity to better the lives of the citizenry, including the sick, the afflicted, the poor, the needy, the weak, the vulnerable, the underprivileged, the aged, children and all aspects of nation-building. In Galatians 6:10, the apostle Paul clearly states, “As we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone”.
Doing “good works” as believers should include participating in the political process because of the critical role government policies play in the life of people. Christians must have a worldview which includes a political theology that recognizes every area of life must be included in the “good works” of believers, especially politics, an area with far-reaching consequences.