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Submitted: 2/28/2009
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Question: My husband is extremely involved in politics, believing that this country should return to it's Christian roots and I agree. However, he spends hours daily researching issues, listening to radio/tv, and writing politicians but much less time with the Bible and prayer. I have gently talked to him several times explaining that we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and seek his kingdom first and be concerned with the souls of people converting them to Christ rather than converting them to his political views. He says that he is doing the will of God because Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and hypocrites and that he doesn't need to witness because it isn't his thing. I'm concerned that he is in idolatry.

Answer: We are not in a postion to say whether your husband is in idolatry or not. We would say that nearly anything can become an idol and that includes politics. There is no question that believers should be aware of what is going on in the world and take a strong stand for righteousness, but none of us have the option of just checking out of the responsibilty to reach those who do not believe. Every believer should be a soul-winner, regardless of their involvement in politics or anything else.