Faithful Politics

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

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  1. I couldn’t agree more, Kolburt. I think there’s a strong tendency to play the victim- to see ourselves as victims of a vast assault on our morals and ways of life. There is evidence to support this conclusion- religious freedom issues around the world, removal of Ten Commandments displays, Evolutionism, etc. But the victorious Christian life shouldn’t be overly concerned about these perceived assaults, as if the Kingdom of God might be snuffed out by secular humanism or the vulgarity of pop culture. Our energies should be spent taking on the real enemies- first sin and hypocrisy within the Church, and then injustice without.

  2. I think it also has to do with the amount of hype that is given to the issues that we are saying no to. In most of these battles, there is an obvious left vs. right, old vs. new, conservative vs. liberal. This lends itself for great TV, and great exposure. Once the exposure reaches a tipping point, more and more people start to talk about it, billowing the debate for or against one of these issues. This in turn attracts more people to it, and allows people to set up on one side or another. It becomes one group against another, and it is part of human nature to love a conflict with a specific enemy that can be attacked. The battle then becomes against each other, with the victory being the passing of a law that favors one camp or another.

    In contrast, as the Church, we should be fighting poverty, loneliness, desperation, sex trafficking and many of the other signs of our broken world. They are enemies without camps, without figureheads or points, and no end in sight. I think that as Christians in politics, we should be looking for specific areas where we can help the poor, bring justice to those who lack it, trying to support laws that love our neighbors as ourselves.

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