Politics According to the Bible–Part 4

Posted: September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

Dr. Grudem argues in chapter 2 of his new tome that Christians should seek to influence government for the betterment of all citizens.  Grudem points to Biblical examples such as Joseph and Daniel who were believers “exercising ‘significant influence’ on a civil government, and one ruled by a pagan king at that.” Grudem also points to prophets who spoke to nations and Jeremiah 29:7 (“seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile…”).

Moreover, there are verses such as Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-14, which imply that Christians should be good citizens in whatever context God has placed them.

Historically, followers of Christ have been powerful forces for good in the realm of public policy.  For example, many of the leading founding fathers of this nation were orthodox Christians like Rev. John Witherspoon and Benjamin Rush.  Many Christians led the fight for the rights of native Americans and to end slavery.  Of course, in the 20th century, one must stand in awe of the influence of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those who argue against Christians participating in politics often hypocritically praise Rev. King and William Wilberforce, etc.

So far, I have nothing to add but “amen!”

But is America a Christian nation? Dr. Grudem believes it all depends on what you mean and to that we will turn tomorrow.

Until then, grace and peace.

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