If you missed yesterday’s post summarizing the “why” and “how” of Christian political engagement, don’t pass your eyes over another line until you go back and read it. And don't miss this panel discussion from October 11, where I went deeper into these issues with several leaders from our church. We finally come to the question at hand: Who should you vote for?
This is the first of a two-part series on Christian engagement in politics. We Christians who are American citizens bear a particular responsibility in learning to think biblically about politics, because we live in a country where ultimate earthly authority in government has been given to “we the people.” Due to the extraordinary circumstances in this election, it is even harder than usual to make a convincing case for who is the more biblically informed choice.
A couple weeks ago, Bill Ricketts announced his retirement from Prince Avenue Baptist Church (PABC) in Athens, GA. You may be wondering, why do you care about this random pastor’s retirement? Because “Brother Bill,” as he’s affectionately known, has had an enduring—though often invisible—impact on The Summit Church. From my last count, at least 27 of our Summit staff or missionaries have sat under the preaching and leadership of Brother Bill.
The narrative our culture puts forward regarding homosexuality is that we have only two options—affirmation or alienation. Sadly, the church has far too often simply condemned and alienated those in the LGBT community. What greater lie could we tell about our Savior than to distance ourselves from others, especially at their moments of greatest hurt and vulnerability?
Tomorrow churches across the country will celebrate “Sanctity of Life Sunday,” a day in which we celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit ourselves to protect human life at every stage. There are many excellent resources out there to equip us in this cause, but I want to briefly highlight three
I’ve often said that for Christian leaders, politics is like a skunk: touch it and that’s all anyone will notice about you for a long while. As Christians, our political convictions—no matter how passionately held or biblically based—should always be secondary to the gospel. I may be wrong about my economic views, but I know I’m not wrong about the gospel; and I never want my opinion on the former to prevent people from hearing the latter.