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10 Reasons Why the Church Must be involved in Politics (2)

In this blog series, I am responding point by point to a column written by Greg Stier, the President and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries entitled, “Ten Reasons Why Pastors Should Focus More on the Gospel Than on Politics.” Here’s Greg’s second point and my response.

2. The gospel will transform our politics, not vice versa (Romans 12:1,2)

I wholeheartedly concur with Stier on this point. We must never be guilty of allowing our political agenda to twist the clear teaching of God’s Word. A great example of this is when President Obama recently invoked Jesus in support for “gay-marriage,” even though the Scriptures cleary forbid this type of sexual behavior. God’s Word must form and shape our philosophy of good government, not vice versa.

My concern with Stier is on the implementation of this principle. He writes, “The gospel will transform our politics.” Amen! Then why are we currently experiencing the greatest attack on religious liberty in our nation’s history? Why are we witnessing unprecedented moral decay? Why are we being led by those who are hostile to the Christian worldview?

I believe it’s because we have failed to allow the gospel to transform our political scene. When we compartmentalize the gospel, relegating it to the realm of personal salvation only, it becomes irrelevant to the rest of life, including civil government. The gospel will only transform politics when Christians are intentional about getting involved. The Bible has much to say about government. Our Founding Fathers built this nation on the unique concepts found in the pages of the Scripture. We cannot just sit back and hope that a person’s salvation experience somehow translates to good public policy. Our preaching of the gospel must include the mandate to make disciples of all nations. The fact that we have godless people promoting wicked policies is a sign the Church has failed in her assignment to transform civil government.

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  1. Connie Cates
    May 22nd, 2012 at 14:35 | #1

    Good word Ron! The Gospel must be first & foremost of what we share, but we must get involved & involve others concerning the way our country is heading. Thank you for being bold!

  2. Kerry Drake
    May 23rd, 2012 at 20:11 | #2

    Whew, it just keeps getting better and better. This reminds me of Rockem, Sockem Robots. You’re gonna knock the enemy’s block off man! Good preaching Pastor! You’re the man.

  3. Kerry Drake
    May 23rd, 2012 at 20:17 | #3

    We’re teaching in Kids Cell all the time, know your enemy, keep up your armor. I pray that the church sees this blog as an attack on the enemy’s stratagem, and not on them personally. I guess some will be offended, but I know you sir and I know it’s a Spirit of Love you operate from, so I say, go get em!

  4. May 29th, 2012 at 13:55 | #4

    Thanks for your feedback, Connie!

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