August 1, 2006

Jesus and Politics

A friend sent this to me: Jesus Creed

The article it references is given below.

Disowning Conservative Politics, Evangelical Pastor Rattles Flock - New York Times: "“When the church wins the culture wars, it inevitably loses,” Mr. Boyd preached. “When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the cross.”"

I believe that those in the Religious Right are doing what they believe to be the right thing to do. I believe that is also true of those on the political left.

What both articles are calling for is a middle ground; a role where the church is prophetic. That does, however, involve saying that something is right or wrong (like abortion, war, neglect of the environment). The problem is that if you vote for one party you accept certain aspects of that, but, becasuse the party doesn't vote for it, you are rejecting other issues that are just as important.

In our culture we have a role to play as voters, and I am simply tired of the church being swayed and played by those in political power. We are seeking to rule over people rather than to serve other people. I am tired of having to choose the "lesser of two evils"! I am tired of having to accept a rejection of environmental issues in favor of saving human life. But I also don't believe that these things can be truly legislated!

Many in the church have come to believe that morality can be legistlated, and it can in a sense. But true heart transformation takes something more.

Why is it that people will spend more money picketing an abortion clinic than they will spending that money to give these women viable alternatives? Why? Because picketing means that you don't have to actually get your hands dirty with these women who are obviously sinners. Because standing on a street corner with a sign is much less "involved" than caring for someone. Because it is good to fell morally superior to others. Take this reasoning and apply it to whatever issue you like.

I like Pastor Boyd's concept of serving under.

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