James Gottry on Should the Church be Involved in Politics?

More than half of Americans believe that churches and religious organizations are good for the country, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. But in a seemingly contradictory result, 63 percent say the church and other houses of worship should stay out of politics.

In other words, Americans think the church has a positive impact on society, but they also think the church should keep quiet on cultural and political issues that set the present and future course for our society. Or more directly: Churches, you make this country better, now stay out of the important matters that define our country.

Huh?

For evangelicals such as myself, this issue has profound personal implications. As my former pastor repeatedly said, the church is not a building, it is a movement. Accordingly, a push to keep the church out of a particular part of society is effectively a push to exclude Christians.

But should any group remove itself (or be involuntarily removed) from the workings of our constitutional republic?

We live in a representative form of government, which means that we elect individuals to represent us in matters of personal, local, and national significance. The policies adopted and laws passed by those representatives impact the present and future of every citizen. They impact our families, our children’s education, our businesses, our churches, our local communities, our states, and the world.

As citizens, we have a moral obligation to participate in culture, public policy, and yes…politics.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, James Gottry