Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics

Can religion and politics mix? Can there be a true separation between church and state? Are there two realms—sacred and secular? Is it possible for a Christian to be a Democrat? Is it possible for a Christian to be a Republican?

As followers of God, we are given the capacity to see and hear the guiding activity of God all around us and to participate in it. As the world pressures us in one direction, the Spirit of the kingdom guides us in another. The goal of God is to restore in us the mind of Christ. We are meant, as Christians, to have a Christian worldview. This means that we draw our political understandings from God.

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Children On The Border

Children On The Border

I have to admit, this one has troubled me deeply. I feel a little schizophrenic:

Part of me says, What kind of parent sends a child across a guarded border into the arms of law enforcement and strangers? And the other part of me says, A parent who is poor, living under threat, and hopeless.

Part of me says, Should not a government the size of Mexico be responsible for its children? And the other part of me says, With all that is wrong with American government, isn’t it amazing that people assume we will be compassionate to children?

Part of me says, Why would we be so compassionate, merciful, and helpful to these children who are a burden to our society? And the other part of me says, Isn’t it interesting that we take no concern for burdensome children in the womb?

Part of me says, Why do we need $52,000 per child to care for them? And the other part of me says, I bet there are plenty childless couples who would open their lives to adopt these children.

Part of me says, I wish we would cancel the purchase of a few bombers to pay for this, rather than adding to the deficit. And the other part of me says, That’s a very good idea.

Part of me says, Politics aside, these are children. And the other part of me says, Jesus would care for the children first, then challenge adults to be, well, adults.