Over the past few election cycles, some have called for Christians to “stay out” of politics. Those making this call claim they want to preserve the dignity and mission of the church in ever more divisive times. While there have no doubt been some who have crossed lines in their political fervor, it seems the current push is to completely avoid the realm of all things political.
This effort is to create an “apolitical” church. The terms are somewhat undefined, as is typical in postmodern thought, but we can certainly understand the gist of what is desired, pulpits and pews that remain quiet on the hard issues of the hour, provided those issues are deemed political.
While believers certainly ought to avoid being partisan at the expense of truth, there is simply no way we can relegate the hot issues of the day to the politicians. Even when that means pointing out where a person or party comes down on those issues. If “apolitical” means surrendering morality to the court of secular reasoning, we cannot accept this role.
To those of you who believe the church ought to be “apolitical” I submit the following;
If “apolitical” means avoiding the issues of the day, INCLUDING failure to confront the people, ideologies, or parties that are promoting destructive and dangerous patterns in society, consider this.
I recently marched across a bridge in Selma, Alabama that was made infamous when Christians got involved in politics. You want the church to stay out of politics? The people wielding clubs and siccing the dogs on bloody Sunday would agree with you.
The people who wanted to keep burning widows agree with you.
The people who want to traffic children for use as sexual toys agree with you.
The people (I’ll leave the party name out) that wanted to keep their slaves, and later keep segregation, agree with you.
The Nazis that wanted to kill Jews agree with you.
The Romans that wanted to continue seeing gladiators kill agree with you
The people who want to continue the slaughter of babies in the womb agree with you.
The people who want drag queens grinding in front of our children agree with you.
The people who think sterilizing a child to cater to a passing delusion agree with you.
The people that want to lead our children into gender confusion agree with you.
Mao, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, and every other despot agree with you.
However, Martin Luther King Jr., William Wilberforce, Charles Finney, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the millions of victims of socialism/communism, a few million babies, and thousands of freed slaves might disagree.
I know which group I want to be with.
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You made me think, Pastor.
The following quote came to mind: “In Germany, they came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. They then came for me, and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.” Pastor Martin Niemoller (1892-1984)