Christians are citizens of two “kingdoms” – God’s and society’s. Jesus and Scripture as a whole have given much guidance on what it means to be a good citizen in God’s kingdom, and those same principles apply to being a good citizen in society.
Citizenship commonly refers to our involvement in society, including the important arena of government. Politics determines who gets what, when and where in society. Christians dare not leave such vital business to others. While Christians may disagree on specific policy approaches, it is important that they bring Christ-centered perspectives to bear on the process. It also is important that they reflect Christ in all of their dealings with their fellow citizens.
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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. Click here to read more.
Therefore: Religion and Politic
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. Click here to read more.
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. Click here to read more.
Christian Democracy – An Oxymoron? from the 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? Click here to read more.
“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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