Ron Sider’s Proactive Political Engagement
I was recently referred to an old article in Christianity Today about Ron Sider and his political philosophy (Read it here). The article, dated from 1992, had an interesting quote that I think is worth reflecting on. Tim Stafford stated:
“Unlike the Religious Right, which has been mostly reactive, Sider’s political involvement has always been proactive. In reading the Bible, he saw that God cares about social and political life as well as personal piety. And so Sider sees his activities in terms of applying the Bible to life.”
We have discussed the problems with being a reactionary movement before, but it is a point that bears repeating. If all we do is react against the forces of secularism we will not only lose our political battles, but we will do a great disservice to the Kingdom of Christ. We would do well to follow the lead of Ron Sider, now one of the elder statesmen of Evangelical political involvement, and have our political and social agenda be proactive. Demonstrating Christ’s love and the true meaning of justice to a lost and hurting world.