Generally, it seems, it is evangelical Christians who are accused of politicizing faith. “Religion should be private” is often heard from those who object when Christ-followers seek to bring biblical principles to the public square.
But as Egyptian-born social anthropologist Michael Youssef demonstrates in a recent post, Keep Jesus Out of Your Socialism, the road between political theory and matters of faith runs both directions.
To use the name of Christ to advance a socialist ideology is to abuse His name. Jesus is Lord and Savior. His Kingdom is not of this world. He left the glories of heaven to be crucified, to rise again, to conquer hell and the grave—not to become a mascot for a worldly political movement.
Let’s be honest, all human beings have faith, even atheists who deny God’s existence. And the object of their faith drives their understanding of all things, including their political bents.
– Gary Brumbelow