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The Law of Influence and Christian Public Engagement

Think Christianly: The Law of Influence and Christian Public Engagement

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Law of Influence and Christian Public Engagement

Should Christians be engaged politically? Should they make arguments in the public square? While some are calling for Christians to abandon the political arena due to perceptions that we are “too political,” this would ultimately be unwise and a net loss for everyone because of the moral vacuum it would create. “The alternative isn’t to not do politics,” observes Michael Gerson. “The alternative is to do it better.”

One thing is certain—someone will influence our society. Someone will make laws. Someone will raise the topics for national, judicial, and constitutional debate. So why not labor as faithfully and prudently as we can for the greatest good of others and thus fulfill our role to be salt and light (cf Matt. 5:16)? As Christians, this is one way in which we can love our neighbor as ourselves.

Regardless of the spirit of the age, we are to use whatever tools and opportunities are arranged for us by God for his glory and for the proclaiming of the good news of the kingdom.

To find out more about our biblical responsibility to engage the public square, see my new book Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture

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Blogger Richard said...

I thought the issue was *HOW* we exercise influence and public engagement...not whether we do it. Many Christians present their personal beliefs as the *Christian* position, even though there are others who disagree.

Contrary to popular belief, there is not a Christian position; however, there is a Christian approach to expressing my personal positions!

March 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM  

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