Politics and Religion

“Nothing frustrates me more than to hear church leaders boast about not being “political.” They hide behind this excuse for skirting the controversial issues of the day, such as the sanctity of human life, the definition of marriage, sin, or righteousness in the culture. None of these issues is political in nature. Each is moral and biblical in every sense of the word. Can you imagine Jesus Christ saying to the Pharisees, “I won’t be addressing the social issues because they are political in nature? He was crucified for confronting wickedness in high places. Paul and Silas and the other apostles were thrown in prison and eventually executed for being “political.” Reverend Martin Luther King sat in a Birmingham jail, writing about the political realities of racism. It would cost him his life. I believe many leaders who call themselves by the name of Jesus Christ will someday have to account for their cowardice in the face of abject evil. I pray that God will give me the courage to stand unflinchingly for righteousness when, like Bonhoeffer on the gallows, I am confronted by the forces of evil. I believe that time is coming for all true believers in biblical truth.” – Dr. James Dobson

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