Engaging as Christians in today's political climate
- Oct 31, 2012
The Politics of the Gospel
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
"A man will change his God before he changes his politics."
On Wednesday October 10, Dr. Mark Young, President of Denver Seminary, gave a short presentation addressing the issue of politics and the gospel. Expounding on the theme that the gospel of Christ crucified incorporates the gospel of the kingdom, Dr. Young averred that Christians cannot claim allegience to Christ without also being concerned for the world at large.
Dr. Young explained that Jesus' claim to be the Son of God was a direct challenge to the imperial cult of Rome where Caesar Augustus was known as the Son of God. Jesus' life was not only directly political, but he established God's kingdom under which all other human governments must submit. Jesus' kingdom is not one of power, wealth, and clout, but of meekness, weakness, and servant-leadership.
Part of the mission of God is for his church to help execute the spread of Christ's kingdom. Christians have a responsibility to remind all governing powers that Christ is in authority over them; that our allegience should not be to any one party for we must be able to stand above and critique all governments; and that Christians must speak prophetic rebuke, pursue life, justice, truth, reconciliation, and worship in the public sphere.
How God Became King: The Forgotten Sotry of the Gospels by N.T. Wright, HarperOne, 2012.
Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright, HarperOne, 2011
Thinking Biblically at the Polls
Thursday, October 25, 2012
A forum of Denver Seminary professors and adjunct faculty, including Dr. Danny Carroll, Elodie Emig, Craig Smith, and Dr. Gary VanderPol, discuss the role of politics in the church and how Christians should make political decisions. Dr. Randy MacFarland served as the moderator.
In the first hour the panelists explored these four topics:
- A summary of four different Christian positions on the role of government (Catholic, Reformed, Lutheran, Anabaptist)
- Responding to the statement: If you are an Evangelical, then surely you must be Republican…
- Describe the relationship of the church to politics…
- What criteria do you use to make political choices?
In the second hour: Q&A from the audience
You can listen to the forum here: