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Politics and Faith

The Universal Church has a number of forum posts on the proper role of professional ministry in polities. The latest dialog began this week. Here is my response:

Spirituality is the negotiation of the boundaries between the “I” and the “we.” Culturally we have two manifestations of that process. Religion attempts to merge us back into the Unconditional Love from which we emanated. Politics seeks union under conventions promulgated by human law.

It may not seem that those two things are contradictory, but they are. Unconditional Love is permissive – it does not pass judgment (“God sends his rain to fall on the good and evil alike.”), reserving its agency to healing those wounded by evil. Law is repressive – it defines what is allowed, and deploys agents to prevent and punish transgressions.

The proper role of religious authority in politics is then as follows: When asked for a political opinion, ask: “What wrongdoing motivated this policy? How can we heal those so wronged? If that healing is accomplished, do we still need this policy?”

It should be noticed that in excluding politics, people of faith can testify without ambiguity that it was the inspiration of Divine Authority that allowed them to achieve their goals.

I note that the most impressive confrontations in the Bible are with people of faith before political leaders. Moses, Elijah, Daniel, and Jesus and the Apostles themselves are all inspiration examples. In our day examples include Gandhi and MLK Jr.

2 thoughts on “Politics and Faith

  1. I could share my experience working with lobbyists from the White House when I became a christian but the topic is intense. All political agenda is upon the Lords shoulders (rev) and should remind us that man always utilized control when given the opportunity. There are a lot of demonic spirits and strongholds that place people in political power and few natives of the land have any comprehension. It is indeed a spiritual battle.

    • You’re right. When Revelation is understood properly, we see that the woman of Revelation 12 is the Sacred Mother and the child is Jesus. The “War in Heaven” was concurrent with the cross (Rev. 12:11: “But they overcame him by the blood of the lamb”), and the warning of Rev 12:12 applies to the era we live in now: “But woe to the earth and the sea because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with terrible anger, for he knows that he only has a little time!”

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