- February 22, 2017 at 10:13 AM #8055
In today’s political climate, the 2012 publication of Pilgrims & Politics (available through Christian Light Publications) offers thought-provoking insights for Anabaptists. Its third section features nine chapters on “A Christian view of modern politics.” A few quotes are as follows:
We may not understand why God sets up wicked men to rule, but the Bible is clear that He does so at times…It is arrogant for Christians to presume that their thinking reflects the mind of God on politics. p281
It is carnal to view anything foreign as inferior. We are the most comfortable in our native country, but we must not think something is the best simply because it is the most familiar. p347
It would be just as wrong for us to describe Muslims as our enemies as to describe the Swiss, Canadians, or Australians that way. p349
[The New Testament] prohibits the Christian from actual fighting itself, but it also affects how we relate to the war spirit, trusting in war, and trying to eliminate war in the world. p423-4
In my experience, what was lacking was teaching on such subjects as why true Christians cannot thrill to patriotism, believe propaganda, adopt the government’s view of foreign peoples, or accept their nations as having righteous goals. p443
Freedom from politics enables us to truly care about people in the New Testament way…to engage with society deeply and decisively, not merely to dabble with surface issues. p453
- March 20, 2017 at 9:44 PM #12353
I wonder if anyone else is reading The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. Only released in the last few weeks, Dreher suggests that Christians withdraw from politics and culture war, and instead focus their energies on disciplined and intentional faith communities that will be able to preserve spiritual life through the oncoming dark age that our impossibly secularized society is entering. It’s fascinating to me that with all the largely positive attention the book has received from conservative Christian leaders, Dreher is simply outlining something that traditional Anabaptists have been practicing for nearly five centuries, a fact that he acknowledges.
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