Let’s Talk Faith and Politics: Conservatives & Republicans (p3)

Today is for those of you who would describe yourself as conservative and/or Republican.

I’m assuming that you’ve read this article:  Why I am a Christian and Republican

Two questions:

  1. How do you agree/disagree with the article?
  2. How did your faith & study of scripture lead you to your political position?

Thanks in advance for your willingness to share.  Tomorrow we will hear from progressives and/or Democrats.

(If you are just not entering into this dialogue please read this first:  Let’s Talk Faith and Politics (p1))

Let’s Talk Faith and Politics (p1)

How does your faith influence your politics?

Jesus didn’t shy away from politics and we shouldn’t either.  Rather, I believe, our faith in Christ should  guide our politics.

Yet, people deeply committed to Christ don’t all agree on politics.  Most Christians usually vote and choose their party based upon their faith.  We all don’t agree even though we are reading the same Bible and serving the same God.

This week I’m going to host a discussion on this blog on faith and politics.

My hope is that we will share our views humbly and with civility.  No attacks or rock throwing, rather let us be, “quick to listen and slow to anger.”  Let us elevate the discourse.  Ultimately, they will know we are Christians by our love not by our vote.  Amen.

Good and godly people choose to put different bumper stickers on our cars.  The problem is that is usually as far as the dialogue goes.

Are you a Democrat because you are a Christian?  Are you a Republican or Libertarian because of your faith?

Homework

Everyone is welcome to read and follow the discussion, but I’m asking that you do some homework before you post comments

Earlier this year, Relevant Magazine, did a series on faith and politics that will serve as a guide to our discussion.

Here are the links:

  • Why I am Christian and Libertarian
  • Why I am Christian and Republican
  • Why I am Christian and Democrat

Use these articles as food for thought and then let’s learn from each other.  This coming week we will have a day devoted to discussing each one of these viewpoints.

Ground rules:

  1. Share clearly how Jesus & the Bible lead you to your conclusions.  Let your comments flow from your faith–not republican vs. democrat; conservative vs. liberal talking points.
  2. Don’t say why you are not the other party.  That is, say what you are for, not what you are against.
  3. No attacks whatsoever upon other participants.
  4. Have fun! :-)

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Lifted By Angels

Joel Miller not only shows an understanding of the Biblical teaching on the subject (which, if you think about it, is rather minimal) but he also demonstrates a rich understanding of what the church has believed throughout the centuries.  It is this latter aspect that sets this book apart.

Ultimately this book will awaken your imagination to the presence and role of these magnificent beings created to serve us.  Miller puts it this way:  “God sends his angels to live among us and lift our fallen humanity toward Christ.

  • the role that angels play in the lives of people and in God’s plan of salvation
  • the different ranks and functions of angels
  • how Satan and his demons fell from grace and why they plague people
  • the functions of guardian angels and how God assigns them to fit our personal needs
  • how guardian angels help us resist evil, temptation, and the Devil
  • the way angels join with us in our prayers, even adding their own to our own
  • the service angels provide in worship
  • the way angels accompany us when we pass from one world to the next in death

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