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A Biblical Perspective on How to Approach Politics

Introduction, Part. 1

At the heart of biblical faith is an awesome story.
An infinite, eternally existing, all-powerful God chose in love to create a finite but beautiful world I full of astounding complexity and stunning splendor. At the center of everything, God placed man and woman, fashioned in God’s very image, to exercise servant-like stewardship over the rest of His handiwork. God designed them to find great delight in each other, in the material world enfolding them, and in the complex cultures God invited them to craft from the materials He entrusted to their care. But the Creator shaped them in such a way that their deepest joy and lasting happiness could come only from right relationship with and willing worship of their Maker.
Tragically, they rebelled. They chose to write their own rules rather than follow God’s design. The results were selfish persons, twisted social relationships and institutions, and even a groaning, disordered creation.
But God loved this world far too much to abandon it to a descending spiral of chaotic evil. So the Creator began a long history of saving action to restore a right relationship among Himself, persons, and creation.
Over the centuries, many Christians have emphasized the political implications of one or another aspect of
this story. Those who focused on creation tended to be optimistic about improving society through politics. Those who emphasized the fall were more pessimistic. It is not wrong to find special insight for one’s particular historical setting in specific biblical passages and themes. But we must be careful to allow the full biblical story, centered on Jesus Christ, to provide the overarching framework.
The full biblical story—creation, fall, salvation history centered on Christ, and the final restoration of all things—is chock-full of significance for Christian political engagement today. The story provides the foundation for understanding the nature and grandness of creation, the dignity and destiny of persons, the depth of sinful brokenness, the importance of history, and the glorious destiny to which God invites us all.

Discipleship Journal, Issue 165, Ron Sider

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April 28, 2008 - Posted by | Christian, Christianity, Discipleship Journal, Theology, vote

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