Newsweek magazine labeled 1976 "The Year of the Evangelical" because of Carter's openness about his faith. At the time, commentators claimed that conservative Christians had finally found "a place at the table." The marriage of church and state seemed to have been consummated.
There are three camps in which contemporary Christians have assembled. In one, these Christians believe G od is on the side of pro-life, "values voting"
The second camp composed of more politically liberal Christians believes Scripture has much to say about social justice. They tend to vote for
Camp three (really a subset of camp one) ignores
Who is right? Each has a point, but none is entirely correct.
For non-Christians reading this column, knowing what believers think might help toward a better understanding of them. Better still are the instructions in Scripture, largely ignored or cherry-picked by all three camps when it comes to political power.
One verse states: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from G od and those that exist have been instituted by G od (Romans 13:1). That seems unequivocal.
Does "every" mean every to my friends who believe in the "inerrancy of Scripture," or only to conservative
How do conservative Christians reconcile what the writer of Hebrews says with their singular devotion to Republican presidents? "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you." (Hebrews 13:17)
How many think
There is a strong case to be made for
Perhaps instead of trashing politicians they don't like and revering other ones, politically conservative Christians should contemplate another powerful verse: "I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and
Again, does "all" mean all?
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