life goes on

November 3, 2004 | 3 Comments

The blogosphere is full of responses to the results of yesterday’s election, both from the US and abroad. They range from unbridled hope to complete despair. I read something today in The Gospel in a Pluralist Society that I thought would help all of us keep things in perspective:

If the gospel is to challenge the public life of our society, if Christians are to occupy the “high ground” which they vacated in the noon-time of “modernity,” it will not be by forming a Christian political party, or by aggressive propaganda campaigns. … It will only be by movements that begin with the local congregation in which the reality of the new creation is present, known, and experienced, and from which men and women will go into every sector of public life to claim it for Christ, to unmask the illusions which have remained hidden and to expose all areas of public life to the illumination of the gospel. But that will only happen when local congregations renounce an introverted concern for their own life, and recognize that they exist for the sake of those who are not members, as sign, instrument, and foretaste of God’s redeeming grace for the whole life of society.

  • Newbigin is wise as ever!

  • Gary

    I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately. I’ve seen a bumpersticker that says, “God is not a Republican or a Democrat.” As true as that is, we also need to remember that God is not and American (as hard as that may be for some Christians to believe). Our loyalties cannot be to God and country, or God and (you fill in the blank), but must be to God alone. That may sound anti-American, but so be it. I’ll submit to and respect the authority that God has placed over me, but I’m not so sure if I’m ready to pledge my allegiance.

  • I agree wholeheartedly. To those (and myself at times) that get frustrated with the political movings and shakings around us, I refer to Romans 13. It just reminds me that no matter what “goes wrong” in our country, God is ultimately in control of those that think they have control. We must trust in that fact.