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Jesus: “You are the salt of the earth. … You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. … In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13a, 14, 16 NRSV

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The Bible Speaks on Christian Citizenship
Politics is the business of deciding who gets what, when, and where. Christians dare not leave such vital business to unbelievers. In fact, it may be said in these times that no one can be a good Christian unless he or she is also a good citizen. The Christian faith demands responsible citizenship. Democracy by its nature requires citizen participation in the process of government at every level — local, state, and national. The Bible, moreover, explicitly calls for Christian citizenship. Read more »

Therefore: Religion and Politics
One of the unwritten rules of most family gatherings and church socials is that polite conversation avoids two topics: religion and politics. We particularly avoid talking about religion and politics together. All too often we lack the knowledge, patience, and skill to navigate the deep divides of partisan politics in these settings, and in the service of familial and congregational civility, we tend to steer clear of discussions about candidates, social issues, public policies, and their faith connections with people who might not share our views. Read More »

Food for Thought
Rotten to the Core: Late last year, President Obama made a pilgrimage of sorts to the sleepy town of Osawatomie, Kansas, to talk about the economy. He went there because it’s where, in 1910, Teddy Roosevelt gave one of his most famous speeches, called “The New Nationalism,” which was, in part, an attempt to unite his party around a common vision of a well-managed economy. Read more »

“‘Christian Democracy’—An Oxymoron?,” Center for Public Justice: Can the word “Christian” ever convey a positive connotation when used in conjunction with politics and government, or does it necessarily carry the negative baggage of past imperialisms? Is a phrase such as “Christian democracy,” for example, an oxymoron … or can it stand on its own with integrity? Read more »

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