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Ep. 67 – Should Christians Even Get Involved in Politics?

In today's politically charged climate, the guys have noticed that Christians are often confused and split on how to engage with politics. What is the proper role of the Christian in the political space?

Show Notes

In today’s politically charged climate, the guys have noticed that Christians are often confused and split on how to engage with politics.  What is the proper role of the Christian in the political space?  The foundational truth the guys want to convey is that God wants us involved in the public square – and this includes politics!  And in the US, we not only have the responsibility to be involved, but the privilege of easily accessible ways of doing so.  Voting is one way of engaging with politics, and it is both a gift and a responsibility; after all, not voting at all gives tacit approval to the status quo!  Some Christians might argue that, since God is sovereign, we do not need to involve ourselves in politics.  What these believers miss, though, is that God uses means to accomplish His ends, and our involvement in the politics of our nation is one of those means.  God is advancing His kingdom in the world, and He has given His followers a moral, ethical, and spiritual command to engage in this work, willing the good of others through action.  We obey, in politics and other areas, and trust that He is bringing His plan to completion.

The real question, then, isn’t whether or not Christians should be involved in politics, but how they should be involved.  The guys discuss the importance of being aware of politics on a local level and loving nearby neighbors before centering attention on national issues.  They also talk through the problem of hypocrisy in politics (and the disillusionment it brings) and work through the dynamics of being willing to partner with non-believers in politics while still holding to biblical values.  Christians must, they explain, avoid the pitfalls of adopting secular expectations of the world around us, elevating politics such that it takes priority over our faith, allowing political engagement to crowd out spread of the gospel, and looking at others as merely conservatives or liberals.  We must give to politics what belongs to it without making it the center of our identity, and we must encourage the presence of evangelistic Christians in politics.  As the conversation ends, the guys talk about a healthy balance of news intake, the importance of praying for political leaders, and aiming to impact the world by raising godly children.

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