Monday, June 27, 2022

4 Key Scriptural Commitments that Must Shape a Christian's Political Thinking

Politics is a difficult arena for the follower of Christ to navigate.  In his forthcoming book, A Rebel's Manifesto (You can find a preview here), author and teacher Sean McDowell offers four key scriptural commitments that should shape a Christian's political thinking. 

They are as follows:

1. The stranger is my neighbor.  Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to indicate that we have a duty to treat our neighbors lovingly (see Luke 10:29-37) and Jesus expanded the definition of who our neighbors are to include people who are not like us and even our enemies.

2. Regardless of race, sex, or age, every human life must be protected, as all humans have been made in the image of God (see Genesis 1:27).

3. Care for the poor and marginalized is crucial, as God cares for the poor (see Deuteronomy 15:7-11; Psalm 140:12; Proverbs 14:31).

4. We must seek justice.  Scripture calls both individuals and the state to act justly (see Micah 6:8; Psalm 72).1

In typical Sean McDowell fashion, he is able to simplify a challenging topic.  I hope you find these commitments instructive when making decisions about what policies to advocate for and what political leaders to support. 

Let us "major on the majors" when it comes to politics in a manner that honors Him who commanded us to love thy neighbor. 

Courage and Godspeed,

1. Sean McDowell, A Rebel's Manifesto, p. 70.

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