Faith and politics
Clearly they are together
Time for a divorce!
These days, it seems that Church groups rally around political causes and parties. There are the Christian Right, and the Christian Left. When you attend church, you can be almost sure which political party they support before entering. We break Christian unity in order to build Kingdoms on this earth. We do not seek God’s guidance, but instead use scripture to justify the pre-justice of man. Putting politics before God is no Christianity.
My particular group, the Religious Society of Friends is now in decline, though there was a time we were a major force in the Americas. We originated in a time where churches were so divided by politics that they took up arms against each other — this time is known as the English civil war… and those hostilities were continued in Ireland until my own lifetime. Friends found the insanity of this division — and protested the whole thing — our influence is what brought about the idea that church and state should be separated… though we learned this from Christ, who said his kingdom was not of this world.
Friends are now at a crisis… We can conform to political culture… liberal Friends siding more and more with the democrats, Orthodox/evangelical more and more with the republican Religious right. We can try to become acceptable to these groups or, we can maintain our testimony that our primary citizenship is not of this earth thus things such as Earthly politics are not important. We can either hold onto the secular culture of division or we can embrace Christ’s peace and unity. I submit, if we side with the world, we may grow for a time but we will be replaced with others who preach Christ’s gospel instead of justifying the secular world. If we go back to our roots, we will find the world needs the same gospel it always needed… and there is a place to those committed to the Gospel of Christ even when it runs counter to popular culture or earthly success.