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Christianity, Politics, The Bible, and Means vs. Ends

I've been threatening to write about politics in the context of Christianity (specifically, that is, how do we as Christians approach such a thing?) at length for some time now. Of course, in years past I wrote about it a lot in this venue. But, I've been meaning for some time to put together a longer, more coherent piece of text on the subject. I even began the process of writing a book about it last year, but things being what they were and are... But, once again, my brain has been turning on this subject... I hope to be able to get back to this project now - though I need to do some thinking before I do too much writing.

Here's something I've been thinking about at the moment, though. At the top of this journal has for a long time been a quote from Jesus, as recorded in Matthew: "I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (NET, Matt 10:16). I put that on our header for a reason, of course, which is simply that it has a lot to do with my thinking about how we as Christians should approach politics. You could add to it, it occurred to me today, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (NET, Rom 12:21).

What I'm saying is that I think our goals being good is not enough: the ends, as I say often, here included, do not justify the means. The ends and the means go together, and I think as Christians, that is especially important for us. And not just the means, but the intent (take a look at I Cor 13...). This is I think a large part of what I would like to talk about...

There is also plenty of room for discussion about ends, too, of course. And I know that is a sensitive point for many Christians. But that's not where I want to start.

posted at 22:25:01 on 02/04/10 by ben - Category: Religion

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