Politics According to the Bible–Faith and Works

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

Wayne Grudem closes his new book Politics According to the Bible (Zondervan 2010) by posing the question, “How can we have deep faith in God’s sovereignty over history while we work to influence the laws and policies of a nation for good?” 

Grudem begins to answer his own question by writing, “Trusting God regarding his sovereignty over the direction of world history simply means believing what God says about his rule over the nations and having a settled confidence and peace in our hearts that this is true.”  Grudem then lists a nine Scriptures, which support his statement.  Yet, he goes on to write, “If we only focused on biblical verses about God’s sovereignty in history, we would have a mistaken picture, because we would have only half of the total biblical teaching regarding human history.  The other half of the biblical picture is that there is still much evil in the world.” (see 2 Tim. 3:1-4 and 2 Tim. 3:12-13).

Grudem points to the slaughter of preborn children and the oppression of radical Muslim states as evidence of the evil pervading God’s creation. These are obviously political problems and he points to the orthodox Christian, legislator and abolitionist William Wilberforce as an example of one who takes the inspired words of Romans 13 that government is God’s servant to heart. 

Wilberforce trusted in the sovereignty of God and also saw his political work as faithful service.  We too are to be faithful in every area of life–political, cultural, etc.  The old evangelical adage still holds true, “Jesus is either lord of all or he is not lord at all.”

I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Grudem’s work and keep it close to you as preach, teach, witness or attempt to understand public policy issues in the light of Scripture.

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