Puritans and Politics. Different rules of engagement.
Many Christians shy away from getting involved saying politics is a dirty game and they don’t want their garments soiled. I don’t mean to run roughshod on people’s convictions but to change things you must be an “insider” of some sort. We approach matters of politics and governance with a “Church mind” as we say. The rules of engagement on matters within the Body of Christ are different from the rules when engaging with the world. You are allowed greater latitude. Insulation is what we are commanded to do with the world but when we talk about corruption within the Body we are told to isolate.
Listen to Paul explain the two different rules of engagement.
1 Corinthians 5:9-11 King James Version
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Here Paul clearly spells out the rules of engagement. He says if you are not going to engage with them in the world then you must need to leave this world. This is the mental space most Christians live in today “outside of the mainstream unable to influence things.”
This is how satan has pushed Christians out of the mainstream of issues. They refuse to engage and sit at the same table with other people. We have become puritans. When we learn this and begin to engage knowing how to insulate ourselves and not isolate we will change things.
Daniel engaged but insulated himself from the evil within the system however he interacted with idolators and all sorts of people for that is where the table is. Unless you are there, your ideas will play no role in shaping things. Even Jesus was accused of being a friend of winebibbers and gluttons. Until we learn that salt has to penetrate the subject it is to influence, disappearing within it we cannot function as the salt of the earth.