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Archives for 162 – The Christian and Politics

Who are we, brothers and sisters?  Now, more than ever, the American Church needs to answer that question.  A cursory answer you might pose is, “We are the Church.”  You might say, “We are Christians.” The response might even be, “We’re God’s people.” While those are true, I’ll ask again.  Who are we?

One need only look around the assembly on Sunday to see that partisan politics have found a willing home within our congregations….

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Don’t talk about politics and religion. Just don’t! That’s the wise policy if you want to avoid conflict in the break room, not turn the family reunion into a family feud, and so forth. After all, both politics and religion can become so divisive that it seems best just to leave them alone.

Well, I’m a preacher, so I already have a hard time…

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My name is Hector Hinojosa. I was born in South Texas in 1957 to a family of yellow dog Democrats. That means if there’s a Democrat on the ballot, we will vote Democrat even that Democrat an “old yellow dog.” Being born in October of 1957 I did not get to vote in the presidential election until 1980.  I voted for Ronald Reagan.  Since then I have voted for every Republican presidential…

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We need more Boanerges or sons of thunder in the pulpit. … If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) “The Decay of Conscience”

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“I am puzzled about which Bible people are reading when they suggest that religion and politics don’t mix.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu

A dear brother in Christ from one of our nation’s southern states recently wrote me the following, “Al, I am active in the Republican Party. Many years ago I was criticized…

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David Lipscomb and Civil Government

               David Lipscomb’s work, On Civil Government, challenges some of the basic assumptions many have concerning the relationship of the church and the state. This volume was written in the mid-nineteenth century, but its message resonates today in our current charged political environment. In the last decade, the work of Trinity College economic professor Edward Stringham has brought renewed interest in the political theory of David…

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Yes, we are going there. People say it is best to not talk about two things: politics and religion. What if we talk about both at the same time? Our reluctance to create an environment to discuss these things freely has hindered us in many ways.

Let’s prayerfully walk into March. Let’s be determined to listen well and give each other the benefit of…

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