The Church and Politics

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OK…a real short, highly complicated question.

How involved should the church be in politics? My hunch is that most will be in the middle of the continuum on this one, but, there will undoubtedly be some isolationists and some "high-involvement" folks out there.

Now, before you answer quickly…let me pose this question to isolationists:

Is there any conceivable circumstance in which it would be OK for the church to endorse a candidate or lobby for the passage or killing of a particular bill?

And, to you "high-involvement" folks, is it OK for any other group to do the same?

This question comes up every election year, and this year is no different. It's important for we Christians to think through it all. I know good Christians on all sides of this.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. I am not to the point where I believe it is a violation of God’s will to vote in an election. However, I believe it is time that the church must prophetically begin reminding itself that neither Republican nor Democrat, McCain nor Obama, is trying to advance the values and goals of Jesus and the Kingdom of God. You can read my latest blog post as an example of what I am referring to.
    As a preacher, when I hear Christians being consumed with who will win the presidential election, I get concerned. When I hear Christians entering and leaving the worship assembly discussing politics, I become even more disturbed. When I hear Christians speak as though the will of God and the hope for the future depends upon the upcoming election, I become outright troubled by what appears to be growing into an idolatrous giant.