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Political Parties

October 12, 2007

This is a response I submitted on GraceCentered Magazine’s discussion forum relating to the question of whether or not Christians should be affiliated with political parties. The responses compared being a part of a political party to being in a chess club or PTA. I wanted to share it here because I think it states my position.

If we can’t distinguish between involvement in a social club and politics I’m afraid we don’t have a common place to start the discussion.

The last time I checked the chess club wasn’t telling people it had the answers to the problems of the world. If we can’t tell the difference between being involved in the world to be light from saying my political party is the light I don’t know what to tell you.

For me either we believe Jesus is the Way or we believe Jesus is the Way and politics will get the way done and so we align with the lesser of two evils. What we don’t seem to realize is that non-believers, a group of people I thought we were suppose to be worried about, don’t separate the parts of parties that are Christ honoring from the parts that are not.

Now maybe greed isn’t a sin and maybe God really doesn’t believe that justice is important but I don’t see how that doesn’t become what I sign up for with a certain party. On the other side I don’t see how I’m not also signing up for homosexual marriage etc. I can say well that is a part of it that I don’t hold but non-believers don’t see that.

In the end if I was a part of a chess club that started pushing values that were against God which kept me from being light I wouldn’t continue to be a part of that group because I wouldn’t want people to mistake my views for those of the chess club.

To me that is the issue, not whether or not a person can belong to any club or organization or whether or not we are involved in the world. If something is keeping me from being light and if it keeps people from understanding that Jesus is the answer I don’t want to be a member whether that is the PTA or a political party.

Hey but it seems to me we would rather radicalize a view than deal with its implications.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 13, 2007 2:53 am

    I vote for who I think can do the best job.

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