Posts Tagged ‘Pastors and Politics’

10 Reasons Why Pastors Must Be Involved in Politics: A Response

May 18th, 2012 4 comments

I will be writing a series of blog entries in response 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.” Let me mention I have never had the opportunity to meet Greg, but I certainly admire the work he does with young people. While I agree with much of what he has written, the problem lies in the fact that he does not give the full picture. I offer these blogs in a joyful, constructive manner with the hope that my readers would gain what I believe is a much broader, historical and orthodox view of the “gospel” than many in the Church preach today.

Let’s begin with his first point …

1. Politics change. The gospel doesn’t. (Matthew 24:35)

While the culture in which we live is in a state of continual change, the biblical principles which inform our lawmaking do not change. For instance, President Obama’s evolving view of “gay marriage” is in a state of flux, but God’s perspective on the issue is forever settled. So while I fully agree with his statement, it actually serves as a strong reminder of why Christians must be actively involved in shaping public policy issues. If we focus exclisively on preaching salvation, who will be the voice of righteousness in the public arena? Who will bring the timeless truths of God’s Word to bear on contemporary issues? We need to stop making this an either/or issue. It must be a both/and proposition. Share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and make sure we help people connect the dots between the transcendent truth of Scripture and the common good.