The state protects the freedom under which the church exists.
The church upholds righteousness in the people and brings positive influence to the nation and to the government.
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Can the Church Overcome Corruption in Politics?
By Evan Nehring
Here's another objection to getting involved in politics. I struggle with this one because I don't want to have my character impugned and my reputation tarnished.
Objection #2: Corruption in politics will corrupt the Church.The late French philosopher Jacques Ellul addresses this objection:
“Collaboration with power, whether Communist or not, is always ruinous for the church. If the church exists, if it is to have legitimacy in the eyes of the people, it must always stand erect as a counter-power to political power.”
Then there’s this somewhat famous Billy Graham quote from a Parade magazine interview in 1981.
I have friends on Facebook who flash this picture to assert that Christians shouldn’t be Republicans.
- Instead, Dr. Graham’s words should be a constant caution that believers are not here to be influenced, but to influence!
- Don’t be used! The church must never be a puppet for the state!
- The church upholds righteousness in the people and brings positive influence to the nation and to the government.
In the Kingdom of God:
- We embrace power that seeks to serve people, not control them.
- We embrace power that prostrates self instead of promoting self.
- We embrace power that lifts up the lowly and despised instead of seeking prestige and position.
- We will seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and we will carry power carefully and prayerfully!
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