From Debating to Doing!

I’ll be honest.  This election season has been a hard one for me. It was just over four years ago while planting a church in Northern California that I made the firm decision to never run for political office. While that commitment has been relatively easy to keep, the question of debate has been quite another story. The last 2012 Presidential debate has come and gone.  But many of us are still debating with our friends, enemies, and even sometimes with our own souls. Debate is a great principle in our culture. However, it seems to be a whole lot easier to simply debate than actually do something.  It’s easier to debate about what the government should do than actually getting out and doing something ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not turning Amish here and as noted in a post from a while back, I do believe that sometimes folks are called into public policy molding just like someone might be called into law enforcement. The great William Wilberforce from the UK is a prime example.  But as a Christ follower we are all to be Salt and Light in our world even if we are not in public service or making public policy.  We are called to be his hands and feet from wherever we stand on the political debates.  So while this debate could take off in innumerable directions, let me simply ask what it is that we are all going to do ourselves instead of expecting someone else to do for us.  Consider these to begin with: (more…)

To Govern or Not to Govern.

0CA6NKYU2CABSK1LRCAXHNQN9CA9ACMG2CASP3STJCAKMLVI8CAX2UTBMCATVD9TUCAWW9VQSCACL2I4DCAR7VUUFCAYKK25XCAC44SBWCAZDNCMZCAML2J3CCA5GBHH2CAQC00GACAGTZYKLCABI0BF5I got an interesting email from one of our readers a few days ago that I wanted to throw out for discussion.  Stan, who works through his own site at Atheism-Analyzed posed the question of how we as Kingdom Citizens are to engage in the political systems that we live in here on this side of eternity.  I’ll paste his question below, give a couple of responses myself, and then turn it over to you to think about and then respond back to if you like.  Here you go . . . (more…)