Evangelical Political Engagement

speaking-of-faith.jpgWow. This is one of the most interesting conversations I’ve sat in on in a long time.

If you have some extended time to plug into your iPod this week (lawn-mowing, business trip, long stop in the bathroom), give a listen to this interview with Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne on evangelical political involvement, three very intelligent thinkers from three very different perspectives.

This will be interesting even to those evangelicals who are completely turned off by politics and would rather have nothing to do with them. The best line was from Claiborne on mixing church and state: “It’s like combining ice cream and manure. It may not do much damage to the manure, but it’s sure gonna mess up the ice cream.” Shortly after that he made a very insightful comment: “The US currency says, ‘In God We Trust,’ but our economy reeks of the seven deadly sins.” In fact, Claiborne, who sports home-spun clothes and dreadlocks, surprised me by having the most thoughtful and biblical things to say by far.

Pretty much everyone but Darius (!) will enjoy this. Highly recommended listening.

ALSO: Be sure to download the longer (1:32), unedited version!

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10 thoughts on “Evangelical Political Engagement”

  1. What gives?? I know there was just complaining about the dry spell, but I simply can’t keep up with your 12 entries per day…where’s the happy medium??? šŸ˜‰

  2. Oh, come now. Only four posts in the last two days: two were videos, one was a quote, and one was an audio interview. It’s not even my own stuff!

  3. Well, 30 minutes into it and so far Colson has demolished Boyd’s argument. Boyd claims that abortion is a “complex issue.” Hmm, moral relativism is a bit scary in a pastor.

    Boyd’s quote: “Like we have any kind of special wisdom… I don’t think that following Jesus gives us any special wisdom about fixing government.”

    ????

  4. Well, I mostly agree with Claiborne’s statements (though they are by no means new or original – literally so, since he primarily quotes others). However, what does he think Christians should do practically in applying their faith to politics? From what I gather from this debate and the little else I know of him, he’s a pacifist and a socialist. He appears to believe that our call to care for the poor and needy means that we are to rob from the rich to give to the poor via political means, effectively redistributing wealth by force.

  5. Boyd and Claiborne (as those on the Christian Left usually do) confuse commands to Christians as INDIVIDUALS as applying to governments and states. As Christians, we are not to pursue justice or vengeance on our own (or at least for our own benefit). But governments are precisely to serve that purpose: to punish evildoers and to pursue justice. So, ironically enough, they actually put MORE faith in politics than a Christian should. Let government do what it is intended to do, and let the church (us) do what it is supposed to do.

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