Bad Ideas about Christians and Politics – Part 4

The following is the fourth of a seven part series on Christians and politics. Read part 1, part 2, and part 3.

4. Christians should keep their faith and politics private.

Christians in general seem to have a problem differentiating between what’s personal and what’s private. Our faith is very personal, but that doesn’t mean we have to (or should) be private about it.

Our faith should impact every part of our life. This includes our political views.

Today, politics has gotten pretty personal. Every candidate seems required to share every detail of his or her life, including tax returns, family relationships, and faith history. Maybe that’s all gone a little too far, but it’s not unreasonable to ask candidates what they think about God and religion.

And it’s not unreasonable for the people we share life with to know about our Christian faith. There are some parts of our faith that we should not broadcast (for example, our charitable giving or the details of our marital sex life), but there are parts of our faith that are meant to be shared! Like the good news about Jesus!!

It’s also not unreasonable to share political opinions publicly, so long as we do so with respect and kindness toward others.

As with misperception #1, if Christians keep silent in public about their political views, we create a vacuum in the public space, where those who don’t have faith in Christ will not hesitate to publicly argue for their point of view. And to put a new twist on an old Edmund Burke saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing… and say nothing.”

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