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

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.

  1. May 18th, 2012 at 21:45 | #1

    Well said Dr. Ron! The First Amendment, crafted by Fisher Ames, is “first” for some very good reasons. This sentiment was well expressed by Thomas Jefferson in 1798 when he said: “Guarding in the same sentence and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press; in so much that whatever violates either throws down the sanctuary which covers the others.” Some time earlier Benjamin Franklin had observed that “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freedom of speech”

    Certainly the preaching of the gospel is paramount, George Whitfield and Jonathan Edwards have given testimony to this. The result of the preaching of the gospel was the one thing that unified 1 million of the 3 million colonist enough to proclaim “NO KING BUT JESUS”. The Church needs to once again become a voice in the public square.

  2. May 21st, 2012 at 16:17 | #2

    Barney,
    Great word! I’m keeping the powder dry! Keep up the great work in South Carolina!

  3. February 12th, 2013 at 21:10 | #3

    Hello Dr. Ron,

    I’ve never had anybody do a 10 part series on one of my blogs before so I count it an honor! :) I agree with much of what you wrote and purposely called my article, “10 reasons why pastors should focus MORE on the gospel than on politics.” I don’t believe that preachers should shy away from politics but that our primary duty as preachers is the proclamation of the gospel, exegesis of the Word and equipping of the saints for works of service. Perhaps we can grab some coffee the next time I’m in Chicago (or you’re in Denver) and we can talk about it. Also, thank you for the spirit in which you wrote your response to my article…humble and clear.

    Viva LA Cause!

    greg stier

  4. February 20th, 2013 at 15:19 | #4

    Greg,

    I am honored by your response! As I mentioned in my first post, I have nothing but admiration for you and the work you do to equip our young people. While I share your calling and passion, I am deeply concerned with the cultural decay in our nation and the theology of disengagement that is prevalent among so many pastors. Thanks for your comments and your valuable work in the Kingdom! Please look me up next time you are in Chicago – the coffee’s on me! Also, my son and daughter-in-law just moves to the Denver area so I may be in your backyard soon!

    Blessings!

    Ron

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