Many have been pushing to keep politics completely separate from faith right now. I understand the discomfort and huge dangers, but here's why I respectfully disagree:

Being political means we are engaged in how our society is organized. If we want to love our neighbor, we will naturally get involved in building the systems that lead to flourishing, and fighting to change the unjust systems that target the poor, weak, and marginalized. We can't pretend to love our neighbor while we ignore the realities that hurt them. 
But the moment we tip into wholesale support for one party against the other, we take our eyes off our neighbor and join the system as an apologist for only half the story. Neither party is fully aligned with God's Kingdom, and we need to find a way to engage the full reality of society without selling out to one side. 
Friends, this is incredibly difficult...and I'll be the first to say that I don't do it perfectly. The temptation to flight or fight is so strong. But let's not give up! May God be gracious as we stumble forward--three steps forward and two steps back--into humble and meaningful engagement with the world that God so loves.
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  • aaronieqMany have been pushing to keep politics completely separate from faith right now. I understand the discomfort and huge dangers, but here's why I respectfully disagree:

    Being political means we are engaged in how our society is organized. If we want to love our neighbor, we will naturally get involved in building the systems that lead to flourishing, and fighting to change the unjust systems that target the poor, weak, and marginalized. We can't pretend to love our neighbor while we ignore the realities that hurt them.
    But the moment we tip into wholesale support for one party against the other, we take our eyes off our neighbor and join the system as an apologist for only half the story. Neither party is fully aligned with God's Kingdom, and we need to find a way to engage the full reality of society without selling out to one side.
    Friends, this is incredibly difficult...and I'll be the first to say that I don't do it perfectly. The temptation to flight or fight is so strong. But let's not give up! May God be gracious as we stumble forward--three steps forward and two steps back--into humble and meaningful engagement with the world that God so loves.

  • aprilmccullohsSeriously, how do we get this message out to the pastors in America? I'm praying that God gives you all platforms to leverage this message. We need the voice of the prophet again. We need the Church to rise beyond its individual salvation gospel and reclaim its corporate, engaged with the city, identity.
  • mabrieSo appreciate every word written here! Yes and Amen!
  • rameytimeGood stuff man!
  • meghanstrickYES and YES!
  • aimieravenleruezBut the moment we tip into wholesale support for one party against the other, we take our eyes off our neighbor and join the system as an apologist for only half the story. Neither party is fully aligned with God's Kingdom, and we need to find a way to engage the full reality of society without selling out to one side...FANTASTIC!
  • itskaitlinkline@meginthezoo 🙌🏻
  • allisonemilysmithYes!!!!!! 💙
  • sarabytheseasonSo. Many. Amens.
  • sarabytheseason@gsterley this!
  • marlynn66Amen!!
  • mamacita_landtYes. So much this.
  • joecomerciIf you vote you must choose, and politics for me has always been a matter of choosing between the lesser of two evils. This last election cycle I finally decided not to vote for evil at all, and I abstained. Politics is a very dirty deceptive game, and I believe it is best if the church does its work set apart from the political system.
  • lindseyduboisYES 🙌🏾 @brendendubois
  • idelettemcvickerSo so good.
  • vickiereddyPreach friend.
  • kimhillmusicThank you! Reposted!
  • aaronieq@joecomerci I resonate with that feeling, Joe. These are such crazy times. Many blessings to you.
  • nikionek🙌🏿
  • sarahluz60Thank you for all your relevant messages!🙏🏼
  • carolilesSo well said!
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