Brother Andrew, author of God’s Smuggler and founder of Open Door Ministries, has witnessed horrible persecution of Christians firsthand by various governments, but yet, he refuses to take a political position. He views North Korean Communist leaders, Hamas leaders, and American politicians as all having the same problem: a need for Jesus Christ.
He met with 400 Hamas leaders in Gaza and said:
“I can’t change the situation you face here in Gaza. I can’t solve the problems you have with your enemies. But I can offer you the One who is called the Prince of Peace. You cannot have real peace without Jesus…” (Light Force: A Stirring Account of the Church Caught in the Middle East Crossfire, Brother Andrew and Al Janssen, Revell Publishing, 2005, pp. 182 to 190)
In an interview, Brother Andrew stated:
I always like to say at Open Doors we speak for those who cannot speak. We have to be bold in our statement without offending the government, because our role as dedicated followers of Jesus is not political. I want to emphasize that strongly, it must be spiritual and the moment we go off the track we are wrong… (The Christian Post, February 19, 2013)
Brother Andrew wrote in his book, Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ:
“Christians need a new filling of the Holy Spirit to love those who disagree with them…”
Yes, Brother Andrew is a radical Christian, but do his beliefs line up with the words of Jesus?
The Son of Man… a friend of tax collectors and sinners… (Matthew 11:19)
The Pharisees asked, “Tell us, then, what do You think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Jesus said, “Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 22:17-21)
Even though Rome ruled Israel with a cruel hand, Jesus never once voiced a political opinion…nor did the Apostle Paul or the other apostles.
So, is it okay to vote? Is it okay to consider oneself a Democrat or a Republican?
(Continued in Part 10…if you are interested, the full series, which was written in 2014, may be seen here.)