Too Political: Thoughts from the unChristian – Kinnaman & Lyons

With the election just weeks away we are all inundated with politics right now.  It is a privilege to live in a country where we can have a say (in a limited way) in the direction of our country by voting.  If you’re like me, you probably wish that our system allowed for better candidates to make it to the top.  Regardless who gets elected, the Bible calls us to pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). 

 

We will not be taking a stand at Grace Place, telling people how to vote or who to vote for.  The reason for this is we want to be a church who reaches people with the gospel regardless of political parties.  We want the church to be a place where we address biblical issues such as: the sanctity of human life, the sacredness of marriage, responsible care of the environment, how to best address injustice and poverty, etc., but without tying these issues to political parties. 

 

I was disturbed to read a book recently, Unchristian: What a new generation really things about Christianity.  The book revealed how the many young people’s perception of the church is that we are hypocritical, judgmental, anti-homosexual, sheltered, insincere, and too political.  I hope we can be a church that changes these perceptions. 

 

If you’d like to read the chapter on politics, click here: ­Too Political.

 

David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons,

unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters,

Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2007. Used by permission.