Tuesday, 2 April 2019

What Does The Bible Teach About Church and Politics?

Own Correspondent

It must be said that the job of the church is not to become a sort of governing institution that seeks to overtake the government and force conversions on heathens.

 Unprofitable things have happened in history when governments use religious identification to justify war or conquering other people groups.

 Jesus never forced the gospel onto unbelievers, although He warned of the eternal consequences of rejecting His offer of salvation (Matt. 7:23; 25:46; Jon 3:16-18).

However, this does not mean that Christians should totally eject faith out of the workplace.

Opponents of Christianity expect this of Christians when they advocate “separation of church and state.” The truth is: there can never really be a separation of one’s moral beliefs from the affairs of the state, because much of political affairs are intertwined with moral and ethical issues. There is no neutral ground. Both the word of God and the world’s philosophy have presuppositions regarding how life is to be conducted morally, which is why the Christian must be grounded in the truth of Scripture and to allow that to guide his or her actions in the workplace.

The church’s role in politics does not have easy, clear cut applications. The issue always comes back to the question of how much should faith be mixed with politics, or how much should faith shape politics?

The Bible teaches that the world will never have a perfect government until Jesus returns to set up His kingdom. Neither will the world have a perfect culture of faith, righteousness, and unity until then. There will never be peace in a godless world. The focus of the church until the second advent of Christ is to be faithful to the Great Commission – which is evangelizing the lost and discipling people (Matt. 28:18-20).

That is the key behind a Christian’s involvement with politics. That is what it means for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10).
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