While I believe in our responsibility to be active participants in the operations of our republic, I rarely am willing to touch political discussions. At the end of the day, neither political party truly has a Gospel agenda in mind. I am convinced that the great political divides of our day only destabilize the mission of the church and undermine our ability to come together locally and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Political arguments inside the church body only impede our ability to offer the healing that our fragmented communities need.
Every once in a while, I come across an article with a political slant that I just can’t avoid. No matter what side of the aisle you find yourself voting, I think this piece from Christianity Today offers a very good look in the mirror for those of us who say we follow Jesus. I have leanings toward both parties depending on the issue and (unlike some of my like-minded contemporaries) I don’t believe that more government is the simple answer to our social ills. But politics aside, I was a little discouraged to see what motivates us as American evangelicals when it comes to the federal budget. According to this recent survey, “The top choices among evangelicals for the chopping block are economic assistance to needy people around the world (56 percent), government assistance for the unemployed (40 percent) and environmental protection (38 percent).”
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Do you think the results of this survey are indicative of our concerns as American evangelicals? Are we really more preoccupied with national defense than caring for the poor? Is this type of thinking in line with the Gospel? Have American evangelicals simply lost faith in the state’s ability to care for those in need?