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Thanks Ron"Secular politics" is a combination of w...

2007-07-26T07:58:00.000-07:00

Thanks Ron

"Secular politics" is a combination of words I will have to remember to never use again :-)

I agree with your's, and Joe's, thoughts that another set of rules isn't what is necessary really - we just won't follow them anyway probably.

However, I think the list should be prayed over by anybody in Christian leadership who plans to step outside them. Politics is not a pretty place - nor is life; and while you are correct that Christians should be involved in politics - even in parties and as candidates and serving as elected officials, I think church leaders need to be very careful about it and especially how that spills over into their Christian ministry.



I agree the Kingdom of God comes before secular po...

2007-07-26T07:18:00.000-07:00

I agree the Kingdom of God comes before secular politics.

Interesting you say "secular" politics. Are there "sacred" politics? If so, can they be involved in those?

I guess my struggle with the rules is I wonder if we should be more restrictive of Christian leaders than regular Christians. And I wonder, how many of the people who signed the declaration of independence were Christian leaders? (Two are listed as ministers)

So in answer to "Why do it?" Why should any Christian be involved in politics?

To be salt and light in that aspect of life.

Maybe because you have a friend you know to be a person of integrity and they are running.

A Christian leader might run. We have a citizen led form of government, and ministers could easily be part of that. In Texas, most state legislators are not full time and have other jobs. That other job could be in Christian leadership.



I am not sure he, or I, would go as far as Jesus n...

2007-07-25T14:44:00.000-07:00

I am not sure he, or I, would go as far as Jesus not wanting us too - I would say that the Kingdom of God comes before secular politics.

Since that is true, all of the things you mention would be reasons for a Christian leader to not be involved in partisan politics: i.e. involved with candidates and parties openly.

Issues are another issue as Joe points out: I have no problem with folks standing against abortion and those that support it. I have a problem with identifying God with candidates or parties.

After all, none of them are Good - and we have certainly seen enough folks, even Christians, sell their morality out for political power and influence that careful treading indeed is necessary.

So, why do it?



I'm not sure I agree with his underlying premise t...

2007-07-25T12:08:00.000-07:00

I'm not sure I agree with his underlying premise that Jesus doesn't want Christian leaders to be politically active.

I can think of a number of reasons a leader shouldn't be, but they are pragmatic.

A Christian leader might want to avoid alienating people of another political party so they would still be willing to listen to him on specifically religious matters.

So they wouldn't split a church because of politics.

Or they might not understand the issues in the debate.

Because they have personal reasons unrelated to the issue - such as being friends with a candidate.

These rules presuppose evangelical leaders shouldn't do anything more than vote and I just don't understand why that is.