Bonus Lesson: Politics and Christians: Three Case Studies

Case Study #1

The young man in this video below offers us an opportunity to consider political activism and whether it can be reconciled with a biblically-focused Christian walk.

In conjunction with posting his video talk, our speaker wrote the following note:

“This video is specifically dealing with “Christian” special interest groups in Washington and the various state governments, NOT individual Christians who speak out against unrighteousness when confronted with it. Also, it wasn’t until a few years after i had divorced myself from political activism that i realized that many of the leaders of those groups held to Dominion Theology, which says that the Church’s mandate is to take over the institutions of the world–that is unbiblical. We as Christians are to obey the laws of the land as long as they do not violate Scripture, Romans 13:1-7, however, if and when they do, then we must say like the apostle Peter “we ought to obey God rather than men” Acts 5:29. Btw, i was never a member or supporter of the Christian Coalition or Moral Majority.”

How do you feel about this issue? Have you thought through your position if you were asked by a friend if you believe political activism is appropriate for a Christian? Were you aware of Dominion Theology? How do you feel about his comments in the note above? How do you think he would evaluate Martin Luther’s, John Calvin’s or William Wilberforce’s (see movie Amazing Grace) “activism”? There are few easy answers.

Case Study #2

Another young Christian raises interesting questions which you may want to discuss in your bible study group. How would you answer his questions? Are there challenging issues that he overlooks?

Case Study #3

The late Chuck Colson, one of three experienced Christian leaders on the panel, speaks out on Christians’ political involvement. Here is the note that accompanies the YouTube posting:

“On a recent edition of the “Speaking of Faith” radio program, Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne explained their vastly differing views on how a Christian is called to engage a country’s culture and its politics.”

Who on the panel offers ideas you identify with most closely? Are there important ideas that you feel are overlooked by the speakers?

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