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The Church as a Moral Conscience

As I shared in my last blog entry, there are times when it is our moral obligation as believers to disobey our government and the laws our elected representatives enact. The reason is simple. We are called to represent the Kingdom of God in the earth and to hold our civil authorities accountable to their God-given task. While our main assignment from Jesus is to win the lost and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), we share the additional responsibility of being the conscience of our nation and the instrument of moral accountability.

Once again, I find inspiration from the words of Martin Luther King, Jr:

“The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.”

Richard Neuhaus agrees. He eloquently wrote that, “the Church can and should subject to moral questioning every political agenda or cause, thus keeping the entirety of human politics under the transcendent judgment of God.”

God forbid we that we ever become the “irrelevant social club” King warned would happen if we cowardly retreat to the cloistered confines of our church buildings. We have been given an important mandate from our Lord to be the moral conscience of our nation. May we never shrink from this essential task.

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