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December 22, 2007

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Wes Shealy

There are so many ways to answer the question of what we as Christians should do in relationship to politics. I don't think the answer is to retreat. I think we must be involved and must be educated on the issues and the candidates. I have talked with too many people who know nothing about any of the candidates but because one is an ordained Southern Baptist minister they are going to vote for him. I, like you, am not impressed with Huckabee and his record. In fact, I am not impressed with any candidate, but am going to keep educating myself on what they believe and how they will lead our country.

Phillip B

Recently, I've learned that I need to listen more than I need to talk when it comes to politics. In our personal relationships and in the public square, the Church has spent plenty of time judging and condemning politicians, policies, governments, elections, etc. Of course we must discern and speak truth, but I feel that in our efforts to do so, we often fail to address the very real, very GOOD concerns of those with whom we differ. I claim hope not in politics, but in a Savior who is putting the world to rights; if I really believe in that Jesus, then I have nothing to fear in humbly listening to what the other guy has to say and spending lots of time thinking that over. After all, we needn't make up our minds until election day. There's time to talk.

I found this article from Christianity Today helpful: http://www.christianitytoday.com/books/features/rumorsofglory/070709.html
It's long. The last few paragraphs are the best.

I think political engagement is particularly problematic for Reformed Christians because we value Godly foundations (good theology) so highly. In my reading, Scripture does not endorse one particular political ideology or form of government -- at least not any that we in the West have considered viable for the last 400 years. As a result, I have no ideological grounds -- no fully-formed idea of what a Godly government looks like -- on which to vote for one kind of candidate or party over another. In some contexts, for instance, limited government works for the good; in others, it doesn't. In Western politics, compromise is necessary. Ends and means must be balanced. All of which is very hard to say for a guy who denies that the same holds true for churches, or lots of other institutions for that matter.

Matt Adair

'There's time to talk...' - exactly. That's why I tossed this up here eleven months before the election...

rob

Huckabee's concept of the role of government is frightening. The only people who can be happy with our choices this year are the socialists because every candidate left in the race, except Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul, wants to use the force of government to control the behavior of the citizens of this country.

And Hunter doesn't stand a chance and Paul is a nutcase.

So regardless of which candidate from which party wins, the size and scope of the federal government is about to get bigger. The only question left is how big do we want it to get? Romney big or Hillary big?

What this country needs is a movement, but it ain't happening this year.

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