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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Won't Political Involvement Weaken Our Church Ministries?

Won't Political Involvement Weaken Our Church Ministries?Many believers have practiced 1-2 hours/year of civic involvement. I don't believe the freedom of our republic will be sustained with that weak commitment. The free citizen has a much more important role than that.




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Won't Political Involvement Weaken Our Church Ministries?


By Evan Nehring

I enjoyed being interviewed on WSAU radio with Seth Mela this morning. The topic was Christians in politics...what I've been blogging about and what my November 4th Wausau presentation is about. Nineteen minute audio here. Thanks for the chat Seth!

Now, on to our Rise to Serve series and our latest push back...

Objection #4: Civic involvement will weaken our church ministries.


If God is calling believers to rise to serve, then he will bless the time invested and the leaders raised up to engage in civic involvement.

Won't Political Involvement Weaken Our Church Ministries?
  • I think God calls some people to be involved heavily in the political process, perhaps even running for office. This means 5-10 hours/week or more.

Won't Political Involvement Weaken Our Church Ministries?
  • He calls others to moderate political involvement, such as devoting time to writing and campaigning for various issues and candidates. This means 2-5 hours/week.

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  • He calls still others to work with parachurch organizations, which have much more freedom than churches to devote most of their effort (if they wish) to certain political issues (such as pro-life and pro-marriage stands).

Won't Political Involvement Weaken Our Church Ministries?
  • God calls still others to minimal political involvement because he wants them instead to sing in the church choir, help sponsor youth group, teach a Sunday school class, or lead a home fellowship group, and so forth. This means 0-2 hours/week.

Many believers have practiced 1-2 hours/year of civic involvement. I don't believe the freedom of our republic will be sustained with that weak commitment. The free citizen has a much more important role than that.

Let’s all respect the calling and gifts God has given to each other in the body of Christ.
  • I talk to some of the believers who feel called to civic involvement, and they often feel cast off by the church.
  • Let’s not do that! I understand everyone’s looking for volunteers for their ministries, but let’s answer the call for godly citizens.

I want to ask every Christian to consider whether he or she has a higher obligation than just voting.
The question is whether someone thinks it is morally right to receive great benefits from a nation but to give almost nothing in return. The great freedoms that citizens have in the United States came only as a result of great sacrifice on the part of millions of others.[1]

[1] Wayne Grudem. Politics According to the Bible, 74.
 

Challenge

Have you been a deadbeat citizen? Is it time for a new commitment to showing up and standing for what you believe in? Comments are welcome. I'll have more "how to" in the posts ahead. Here's the link to all the other Rise to Serve - Civic Involvement posts.



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