06 January 2017
Evil be thou my Good – Faith and Politics
Greetings Dear Reader,
I think that a primary principle in this discussion must be the premise that there are no secular issues. For the Christ follower every political discussion must be centered on what is consistent with following Christ. It is never acceptable to lay aside the spiritual and social commands of Christ in political matters.
That said, it is vital that we set out the premise that neither of the primary parties gets this right. The parties are not what matters. Loyalty to a party over the Gospel is going to be always wrong. The evil chosen over good is to promote issues we prefer over what is righteous and loving.
It is not enough to claim to be Christian. History is filled with unspeakable acts done in the name of Christ. None of those things are obedience to the foundational commands to love and kindness; grace and mercy.
It is also wrong to reject others simply because they are not Christ followers. We must not use politics to prevent us from being kind, loving, charitable, and compassionate. Any political position that neglects these things is not one a Christ follower can support with integrity.
It is my obligation to weigh every matter in light of the Gospel. If I put any political position before the Gospel then I make evil my good. I am not allowed to usurp Christ for any cause. I am not permitted to choose to deny social justice because of politics. I am not allowed to hate or reject anyone for any cause.
No politics can allow us to ignore the commands of Christ. It is the essence of evil to replace Christ and his desire for us to love one another without condition.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a home owner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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