Choose the best answer:
Those who promote marriage amendments to prevent gay marriage from becoming legal are:
A. Upholding a biblical view of family and society
B. Fostering hatred and intolerance
C. Denying the rights of individuals in a free nation
D. Saving their nation by fighting the decline of morals
Governments and humanitarian groups who distribute condoms in areas with high AIDS infection rates are:
A. Saving lives by reducing infection rates
B. Promoting immorality by encouraging sex outside of marriage
C. Acknowledging sinfulness while attempting to protect the innocent (like AIDS orphans and faithful spouses married to unfaithful spouses)
D. Undermining God’s pattern for society by protecting people from the consequences of their actions.
Christians who advocate implementing Christian morals in legislation are:
A. Completely missing the point, because Christianity is just about loving God and people, not about politics.
B. Preparing the way for the proclamation of the gospel by helping society to view sin as something that is wrong, not just a personal preference.
C. Hindering the proclamation of the gospel by trying to force right behavior on people who have not been regenerated and made capable of holiness.
D. Expressing love for the world by doing what is best for society, because the world functions best when people follow God’s principles for life.
I'm growing weary of what seem to me overly simplistic statements about Christianity and politics. One unsatisfying statement is that we must make our nation a Christian nation. This seems to me like it would undo all the progress Western culture has made to get to the separation of church and state and freedom of conscience in religious matters, thus restoring the problem of any corrupt, unjust or murderous action by the government being viewed as the action of Christianity.
Another unsatisfying conclusion is that we just have to love God and love people, and not worry about politics, because Christianity isn't about politics. But this places us in the position of having the right to vote (something that wasn't a part of the New Testament church's political situation), but having to believe that our Christianity has nothing to say about which boxes we will check on the ballot. This buys into the idea that religion is only something that gives meaning, significance and identity, but not something that can be applied to reality. But can something really be true if it isn't workable in life and applicable to the real world?
I will have more thoughts coming on my blog, but I have to start with the questions before I can, well, raise more questions and make them more complicated. (What, did you think I have the answers? Heck, no!)