A few years ago I got interested in working through the church to influence the political world. I’ve worked in Washington and Montgomery as a lobbyist, and I know just how venal the political system is, how jaded many politicians are, and how the political world views the church. I thought I might add some hard-won practical experience to the fight to redeem politics.
However, Bible study has led me to conclude that you cannot defeat Satan with Satan’s weapons (I’m borrowing this slogan from Buddy Bell). Rather, almost everything we Christians are being told about how Christians should deal with the government is wrong. And I really hate being wrong. Most Christian thought leaders in this area are teaching a secular, Constantinian gospel rather than the simple gospel of Jesus.
I’m still sorting through all this, but hope the following few postings will help clarify what the Bible says about the church’s relationship with the government.