Can Christians stay Christian with politics? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.
Many Christians—me included—struggle about what to do with the dignified failings of inaugurated officials, generally those on “our side” of critical issues, like termination and eremite freedom.
Here’s a elementary horizon that’s helped me, and maybe can help you. First, character. As Chuck Colson and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn reminded us, impression matters. And the impression of inaugurated officials reflects the impression of the culture.
Second is company. Every inaugurated central comes with a team. In the case of the president, it’s a big one—thousands. Much of an administration’s work comes from that team. Wise counsel, Proverbs says, is essential.
And finally, there’s policy, which on the many critical issues brings life or death, multiplying or vice, to millions.
Christians can and must make distinctions. We don’t need to justify a disaster in one area since we like what we see in another. We can welcome the good that’s there, and also acknowledge that some failures merit condemnation.
God give us discernment, and help us keep the Christian witness, even in politics.