One of the many radically unique aspects of Christianity is that God reveals Himself not just rationally, emotionally, morally, relationally, and romantically; but also politically. In fact, He introduces Himself to the world as the King of a nation that was born in slavery and then delivered into a new life of freedom. And throughout the Old Testament, rebellion against God was always characterized by not only the religious worship of idols but also the political oppression of the poor. (The one inevitably leads to the other because they are both about exalting the self—an idol being something that we create with our own hands.)
Nevertheless, there is no New Testament teaching or model indicating that Christians should try to improve government, society, or culture. There are many teachings and models for establishing holiness and justice within the church, but not the world. That is not to say that Christians should not serve in public office or civil service. It is to say that the Christian’s role is not to exercise power, but to preach the Gospel and make disciples.
So how should the church view and relate to the state?
Feeling Our Way to the Creator
How has God ordained governments? And what does the Bible have to say about relating to the state? The author addresses these issues.
The Priorities of Prayer
A Link to our recent Special Focus
End of an Era (Off-site Link)
Gene Edward Veith
Conservative Christians have fought the battles of the so-called "culture wars" for years. What does the future hold for this struggle?
Religious Right R.I.P. (Off-site Link)
Have conservative Christians put too much faith in the power of politics to influence the culture? Cal Thomas offers a different approach.
Faith and Freedom
The author describes the Christian roots of American liberty.