Faithful Politics

Being faithful with our politics, not political with our faith.

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  1. I don’t think the church is called to engage directly with the political realm, however the Church is called to engage with the culture around it and therefore the topics can’t help but overlap with those currently debated in the political realm. I do have a problem with a Church endorsing a candidate, because those candidate instantly becomes a symbol of Christianity to all of those who are under their influence or who are affected by their decision. Churches should always be advocates against injustice and advocate on behalf of Christ instead of trying to advocate on behalf of another new person in power.
    Churches have historically been used as pawns by those in power to further their own political agenda. By conceding a few points they get the backing of an entire congregation. We cannot allow politicians to turn the bride of Christ into a political tool.

  2. I think the local church should agitate for specific policies, and go no further. For this to be done effectively, the church must be free from political ties (official/institutional ties, or even assumed ties) and must be able to clearly articulate from the Bible what the State’s role is in addressing a moral issue.

    Abortion is among the clearest examples of a moral issue- a human life is at stake, and the practice must be stopped altogether. A church should encourage both candidate and congregation to make this a priority. Another issue is poverty- a church should encourage all parties to demonstrate God’s love for the less fortunate. As a conservative/libertarian, I believe the poor are best cared for by a robust economy and freely-given charity, not government handouts. A Christian may be of the opposite belief, in which case their love for the poor leads them to vote for a Democrat. If they are sincere, I think this is completely acceptable and it is up to their friends, not the Church, to persuade them of their mistake.

    So to summarize, the Church should clearly and loudly state what the Bible’s stance is on an issue, but should stop short of endorsing a candidate or party.

  3. A government, such as ours, of the people, by the people and for the people is uniquely different in the world both today and historically. This great experiment that was setup 200+ years ago desperately needs the influence of the church. We talk of politicians as less than human, something that should be treated differently as though they themselves are nothing but policy. For this nation to retain and even recapture some of it’s greatness a few things must happen.

    First, the church must deal with it’s own sin, openly, not behind closed doors sweeping it’s fallen pastors and leaders under the rug pretending we don’t make mistakes and crying out when the world does. Dividing and splitting over every disagreement. Until a change takes place here the country won’t look to us for answers.

    Second, the church has got to give up this rock star idolizing of their pastors and politicians. They are all born into sin like the rest of us, in need of a Saviour, in need of constant prayer for wisdom and direction. In need of forgiveness, encouragement, love.

    Finally, we must engage our politicians as human beings that Christ died for like the rest of us. And as long as the church keeps them at a distance unwilling to commit to them as individuals we will get what the “world” has to offer…………… and I’ve never really been very impressed with what the world has to offer. Psalm 62:8

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