As so many have done before me, I thought I’d borrow (and butcher) this phrase from Tertullian. Though he originally asked about Athens and Jerusalem in reference to the church and the secular academy, it is fitting to ask the same question about Washington in reference to the church and secular politics. What does our faith have to do with our politics? Join us as we think through this important question which is particularly timely in an election year!
Starting us off, Rick Langer and Andy Draycott will address Politics and the Bible: The History of a Conversation. Christian political reflection did not begin in 1980 with Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority. Ever since Jesus said “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and render unto God what it God’s,” Christians have been contemplating exactly what is Caesar’s and what is God’s. Join us for an in-depth look at this 2000 year old conversation and some very specific applications to our world today.
It will be especially interesting to hear some thoughts on American politics from our brother from the other side of the Pond, Andy Draycott!
To view the September presentation, click here: September 2012 Table Talk
To view Andy’s notes, click here: Notes
Doug Geivett and Dave Peters—Christian Involvement in Contemporary American Politics.
To view the October presentation, click here: October 2012 Table Talk
Dave Peters handout: Biblical Principles for Voting
Doug Geivett handout: Why I’m Voting Republican
Scott Waller—Election 2012 in Retrospect: What happened and where do we go from here?
To view the November presentation, click here: November 2012 Table Talk
Scott Waller presentation: Election Post-Mortem
Here are some questions we hope to address.
- What does the Bible teach about human government? Furthermore, how have Christians understood and practiced these teachings over the last two millennia?
- What does our commitment to the Lordship of Christ mean for political allegiance and political involvement? (If we are “aliens”, does that mean we really do not have anything to do with the politics of this world? On the other hand, does the preeminence of Christ require us to see that he is honored in all realms, including the realm of human political society?)
- How should we vote in a modern political democracy? (Do we vote for Christian candidates? Do we vote for people of character and integrity even if they are not Christians? Do we practice single issue politics? If so, what issue? If not, how do we balance the many issues we confront? How do these questions map onto American political parties?)
- Finally, after the current election has run its course, we want to stop and ask what does the outcome mean for us as Christians? What will be our major political concerns as we move forward?
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