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Politics and Our Christian Witness



By Shane Vander Hart - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts:

Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today, I think nailed it in his op/ed yesterday. His focus was on the outcome of the Alabama Senate Race (written before the result was known, we now know Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore) but can be applied as we consider the future of Christians in politics.

He pointed out the hypocrisy found among some (many?) Christians on the left, right, and in the center.

First, Christians who consider themselves progressive or moderate have been rather smug toward their conservative brothers and sisters in Christ.

  • Many have dismissed conservative Christians as though we’re tax collectors and sinners.
  • They have believed the worst about us often attributing some of the more outrageous remarks made by conservatives (not even necessarily Christians) to us all.
  • They have not taken the time to understand why we believe what we believe.
  • They have been divisive.
  • They have often overlooked poor conduct in candidates they support.
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