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10 Reasons Why the Church Must be Involved in Politics (4)

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 fourth point and my response.

#4. We are citizens of a different kingdom (Philippians 3:20)

To borrow from the writings of St. Augustine, as Christians we are living in tension between two worlds, the City of God and the City of Man. The dual command to love God and to love our neighbor means that we cannot ignore either. We have a responsibility to work toward the common good, while we proclaim the good news of the gospel. It is true that our ultimate citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) and takes priority; however, we nevertheless have a mandate from our Lord to “occupy” until He comes. The local church should provide a context for compassionate social service and a training ground for public action, including political involvement. To live for the next life, while ignoring the screaming needs of this life, is both short-sided and irresponsible.

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