How Involved Should Christians Be in Politics?

Kyle Idleman writes for Charisma Magazine that Christians can and should get involved in politics, and he adds that Christians are wrongly critiqued for their political involvement. Idleman notes that not every moral or political issue is the same and that abortion and gay marriage are important topics, while separation of church and state does not mean pastors can’t use their influence on the moral direction of America.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Politics can be a major distraction for church leaders and the great commission, turning people away from the church. How do pastors balance political involvement with their mission?

  • Start with Mission: Does your church have a clear, Great Commission-based mission statement that guides how you spend your time and how you allocate resources?
  • Freedom from Religion? Under what circumstances should churches use their influence in order to impact public policy and political leaders?
  • Singled Out Groups: How can church leaders ensure that the Gospel reaches everyone without unnecessarily alienating specific groups?

Which political issues are important for your church to address? Which are potential distractions to handle cautiously?

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  • Rich Knofsky May 25, 2016 Reply

    Todd, I am in a series “Leading God’s Way” that focuses on governance instead of politics because He cares about His people more than parties. The books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles has a whole lot to say about how God viewed and treated those leaders, both good and bad. And in those books are the applications we can be teaching our people about discerning Godly leadership versus those who displease God. While those books dealt with the Jews and their desire for a king (thereby rejecting their Heavenly King), it still aplies to today when society looks more to its government to provide for it when God’s provision is so much better.

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