Category Archives: Church & Politics

The Church and Politics: Responding to Gay Marriage Proposals

I’ve been working on a new series on faith and works (no surprise to those who got the “Oops” post, I know). And so I’ve not really had much time to ponder the profundities of President Obama’s decision to support … Continue reading

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The Political Church: What Happened to Just War?

I was teaching Sunday school class not long ago. It’s a class of more or less young adults – most with children of school age. And I asked them if they’ve ever heard of “just war” doctrine. It was a … Continue reading

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The Political Church: Framing the Discussion

Pictures have frames to separate them from their surroundings, to help the eye distinguish the picture from the noise of the background. The frame helps us see the picture for what it really is. When we discuss politics from the … Continue reading

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The Political Church: An Approach to the Problem, Part 3

Another example: gambling The church has traditionally opposed gambling, although the scriptures say nothing against gambling at all. The traditional arguments are – * Gambling can be addictive (true, but not for most) * Gambling is an effort to make … Continue reading

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The Political Church: An Approach to the Problem, Part 2

5. Therefore, the church must oppose governmental injustice A few years ago, one of ministers left our employ and we wanted to provide COBRA healthcare continuation coverage. But Blue Cross wouldn’t provide continuation coverage because “church plans” are excluded from … Continue reading

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The Political Church: An Approach to the Problem, Part 1

I’ve found it hard to synthesize a concrete outcome from the studies I’ve done in the scriptures. I mean, it’s clear that a lot of attitudes and practices are wrong, but it’s hard to determine where we go from here. … Continue reading

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The Political Church: Meeting God in the Torah, Part 2

Bankruptcy (Deu 15:1-2 ESV)  “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. 2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of … Continue reading

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The Political Church: Some quick thoughts on welfare

Readers, One point of the preceding post on the Torah is to learn about what’s important to God — figuring that whatever is important to him should be important to us. And I think Deuteronomy teaches us that care for … Continue reading

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The Political Church: Meeting God in the Torah, Part 1

We can’t really sort through how the church and Christians should relate to the government until we figure out who God is and what he wants from us. And one less-than-obvious place to learn this is the Law of Moses. … Continue reading

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The Political Church: A Christian Commonwealth?

Following centuries of Christian-on-Christian persecution, the English nation was desperate for a solution. How do we end the violence and bloodshed? The answer came from the pen of John Locke, the Enlightenment philosopher whose work greatly influenced the Declaration of … Continue reading

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