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Thinking (Christianly) About Politics

It’s that season again. I don’t mean winter. I mean the political season. Last night, Iowa kicked off the long primary/caucus gauntlet (grueling for both candidates and voters?), which will culminate several months from now in a national election. And if we aren’t already thinking along these lines, it’s a good reminder that we as Christians have a responsibility to think through how our faith should inform our understanding of and involvement with politics.

That’s not inventing a link that isn’t there, it’s just being biblical. Consider just one passage of many we could use to make the point:

U.S. Senators Characterize a Central Christian Belief as “Indefensible” and “Violation of the Public Trust”

If you stated publically that believing in Jesus Christ is necessary for the true worship of God, do you think there would be any repercussions?

In the case of Russell Vought, it meant two U.S. senators questioning his fitness for a job in the federal government. Vought has been nominated for the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, and during his recent confirmation hearing, he came under fire as a result of his role in a previous controversy at Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian institution and Vought’s alma mater.

In December of 2015, Wheaton political science professor Larycia Hawkins made news for a Facebook post in which she wrote, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.” In response, Vought wrote an article in which he argued that “Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

Those are undoubtedly strong words, but in terms of representing historic, orthodox Christian belief, Vought’s position is anything but controversial. Christians have held to this doctrine for nearly two millennia, based on the teaching of Jesus himself. For example, in John 14:6 Jesus famously states, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And consider another famous passage, along with the verses that immediately follow:

5 Things to Keep in Mind Post-Election

I have no idea what you think about the results of yesterday’s election. You may feel excited or despondent, confident or fearful. But whatever the case, it’s a good idea to keep these five truths in mind in the days ahead.

(And yes, I wrote this yesterday, without knowing the results.)

5 Political Lessons From Babylon

9033698-politics-magnifying-glass-over-background-with-different-association-terms-vector-illustrationWith the primary election just completed here in Missouri and the general election on the not-too-distant horizon, the political season is in full swing.

(Slumps shoulders. Issues long, melancholy sigh.)

I like politics. I find politics to be really interesting. And I very much believe in the importance of politics. But for a variety of reasons and at multiple levels, I’ve found myself discouraged about the state of our political landscape quite a bit lately.

Which is why I’ve found spending time in the Old Testament book of Daniel over the last few weeks to be really helpful. The book centers around the title character, a Jew from Jerusalem taken into exile by the conquering Babylonian empire. As we’ve discussed its first four chapters in a Sunday morning connections class at The Crossing, I’ve been reminded of several important truths, including:

Is Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?

Would Jesus be a Democrat or a Republican? Is he a liberal or conservative? Unspoken or not, those are common enough questions for many Americans—particularly those of us who claim to be his followers.

So is there a right answer?