What’s a biblical view of government? What’s an appropriate role for Christians in politics?
For a very helpful and concise primer, check out the four-minute video below by Wayne Grudem, a friend of DNA. Speaking about his recent book, Politics According to the Bible, Dr. Grudem exposes five wrong views about Christian involvement in government.
- “Government should compel religion.” But Jesus invited. He never forced himself on anyone.
- “Government should exclude religion.” The ACLU, for example, would deny freedom of religion. But this prevents a nation’s leaders from hearing what God has to say about government.
- “All government authority is demonic.” But Romans 13:4 says the civil authority is a servant of God (not Satan) for your good.
- “Do evangelism, not politics. The church should just be involved in spiritual things and not these messy political disputes.” But there are many examples in the Bible of God’s people bringing influence and advice to political rulers. The Bible teaches God’s wisdom and good news for all of life.
- “Do politics not evangelism. If we just pass the right laws then everything will be right with our country.” But we must not neglect the most important message of the Bible which is Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!
The right view? Significant Christian influence on government. Christians have a biblical responsibility to influence government for good.