Christians and Politics

Dear Reader,

In the magazine the Week, I saw a review of a book entitled American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by David Campbell and Robert D. Putman. Now, I have not read or even seen the book. I am going based on a brief blurb of a review. But what struck me in this synopsis is the assertion that politics is driving young Americans away from religion. “The Religious Right,” they say, “[has] made many young adults uneasy with the idea od becoming churchgoers.”

Now what does this say about the state of American Christianity? I am not opposed to Christians voting or getting elected to office or advocating for causes they believe in. But clearly we have gone astray here. Because what we are doing is not only not drawing people to Christ but driving them away. Those of us who are Christians may know that the religious right does not speak for all of us and that we are not all fanatical about politics. But this is apparently not what non-Christians are seeing. They see the vocal minority. And what they see is apparently not appealing to them.

Christians always start to stumble, I think, when they lose their focus. And what should be our focus? As Paul says in 1 Corinthians, it is “Christ, and Him crucified.” We should be preaching and proclaiming God’s way of salvation to people so often and so clearly that that is what they know us for. If they are associating Christianity with a particular political movement and not primarily with Christ and the message of salvation, we are doing something wrong.

Nebby

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