“The church is to be UNIQUELY identified with Jesus, his Gospel and his Kingdom. The church’s concerns are the concerns Jesus demonstrated during his ministry, not the concerns that can be connected by the ‘dots’ of various political, social and cultural agendas. The danger the church faces today is in becoming a niche market, a focus group, a voting block or a special interest group. If the church cannot trust her shepherds to avoid this mistake, then it is not well served by its pastors. I am afraid that ‘Justice Sunday’ was a profound confusion of the place and purpose of the church. The cause may be right and the crisis real, but the church that Jesus created is not available for rental for political agendas.” (>>)
Tuesday, April 26th, 2005 :: 9:48 PM
1) Aaron Shafovaloff »» April 27th, 2005 @ 8:32 am
How would you apply this line of thought to the past abolitionists of our country?
If you had actually read the article… :-p
“I have no problem at all with American Christians who line up their own political involvments this way. Faith has real world implications, and America is a country that allows participation in the political process in many different ways. I think an honest reading of the New Testament would move anyone with an appreciation for the sovereignty of God in history to vote and be politically aware. Christians have supported many just and right causes in American political life as an expression of their faith, from abolition to abortion to civil rights. People who are offended that Christians apply Christian values to public life are historically and culturally naive. The contribution of people of faith- of all kinds, but especially Christians- is immense.”
Read the article, he does a really good job of explaining how Jesus did politics. It’s a world away from what happened in Louisville.