The Christian voice has two important roles in the political space.
- Some will challenge the political powers whenever they miss God’s standards. To be effective, these prophetic declarations will be quite black and white.
- Others will get involved in the political space to try and bring in gradual change for the better. This might include the compromises involved with membership of a political party.
There should be enough love in the church these two roles to understand and support each other.
At the same time we must maintain two different perspectives in tension.
- We should share a biblically-based long-term vision of where we hope to be when the gospel and Spirit are successful. This may seem utopian from the world’s perspective, but we must be clear about our ultimate goal.
- We should also comment on current issues, based on a clear, well thought out Christian political theory.
Both these perspectives are valid. The first perspective is important for long-term direction. The second is essential if we are to remain relevant. Both should be based on a sound political theory.
Whenever Christians speak on political issues, we should be clear about what role and which perspective we are taking.