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PARTY POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN CONCERNS

Lord, help us to engage in the political process by approaching the campaign from a framework grounded in biblical reflection. Help us to faithfully navigate and make God-honoring, thoughtful decisions on Election Day.

“Politics” includes much more than television debates and campaign ads. The word comes from the Greek word “polis,” or city-state. Politics is about how people organize their lives together in community. Understood from this perspective, politics is intimately connected to the concept of loving one’s neighbor.

Christians need to realize the outsized significance of government and the role it plays in loving their neighbors. Can Christians really care for their neighbors if they don’t engage in politics, the arena where society’s basic rights and freedoms are shaped? The United States wields unrivaled influence in promoting religious liberty and human rights (or not) around the world. How can American Christians love the people of the nations without having a vested interest in their own government’s approach to these issues? By voting, Americans determine who will represent their country abroad and whose values will be exported.

Second, Christians must also consider their obligation to vote. Paul explains in Romans 13 that government is ordained by God and authorized to wield the sword for the administration of justice. That includes representative democracies like the United States, where citizens exercise the first office of government by voting. Thus, God has assigned American citizens a role in promoting justice through the agents we elect.

Third, during election season Christians must decide between particular candidates to support. Christians should never conflate the message of the church with a political party. We must reject the tendency to baptize a political party and adopt their platform wholesale. However, while policy positions on key issues matter, it is also imperative to recognize the phenomenon of America’s two-party system and the need to navigate this reality.

America’s two major political parties are increasingly divided on several issues, including abortion, marriage and sexuality, and religious liberty. Although neither political party perfectly represents evangelical Christians, party platforms do allow us to make considered judgements about whom to support at election time. Politicians increasingly vote in line with their party’s platform—averaging 80 percent over the last 30 years. Thus, for Christians, insofar as a platform addresses issues informed by biblical morality, it is easier to make an informed decision about which party to support based on the platforms.

As November 2020 approaches, Christian voters will be inundated with messages about how to engage the political process. By approaching the campaign from a framework grounded in biblical reflection, Christians can faithfully navigate… and make God-honoring, thoughtful decisions on Election Day.

(Excerpt from Townhall. Article by David Closson.)

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4 Replies to “PARTY POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN CONCERNS”

  1. If Godly people don’t take part in choosing a government for the people and by the people then what kind of people will make decisions concerning all the people? Non-voters please think about that even though you don’t trust politicians because it’s the godless people who vote for the bad ones.

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  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

    Too many Christians need to stop saying that politics is not a spiritual matter and then declaring how the decaying situation is just prophecy fulfillment and therefore inevitable. Instead, they need to PRAY about the spiritual war taking place in the nation, and then put some feet to those prayers.

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  3. Father, as I prepare for the NDofP in May Please bless this message as I put it out on our prayer helps table. Awaken our nation that we would seek Your heart as we prepare for election day. ame

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  4. Lord I trust no one but You. Politicians are too often concerned with gaining office and keeping it. Too often too many act too inappropriately. Lord I find it difficult to vote. Corruption is more common that representation. Lord please help us I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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