Why talk about public policy on a faith blog?

From time to time I engage with issues that are a little political on faithroots. In the past we’ve talked about Brexit, Presidential elections and the 2019 General Election (although by mailchimp as the blog wasn’t running at that point). Currently I’m engaging with the issues relating to Coronavirus and not just about the church and coronavirus but the wider implications.

Why?

I’ve already had one (all though only the one) person saying that I should not comment on these things and stick to preaching the Gospel. Well, I give a large proportion of my time to preaching the Gospel and if you are new to Christianity and would like to find out more, you can start with our First Look course.

However, I believe that it is also important for us as Christians to engage with the world around us. This is sometimes referred to as public theology. The focus of the church should be on evangelism, discipleship and gathered worship but part of that discipleship is about learning how to think in a Biblical way about the world around us. The Bible as God’s all sufficient word has something to say about how we understand and engage the world and culture around us.  What we believe affects what we think and how we act regarding all areas of life.

This does not mean that you will always have specific proof texts for each decision you have to make. Nor, does it mean that we should get party political. Personally I’m very wary about pastors signalling their support for specific parties (though I know others who disagree). However, whilst the Gospel is not party political, the idea that there is another king demanding our allegiance over and above the Caesars, presidents and prime-ministers of our day has a certain political edge to it.

So, my aim when talking about these types of things is not to push a specific view as the only acceptable view or a particular party or politician as the one to follow. Rather, I want to help us think about these issues from a Christian perspective remembering that:

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