Listen to a panel discussion (53 minutes) of Evangelical politics with Chuck Colson, Greg Boyd, and Shane Claiborne, moderated by Krista Tippett.
I’d like to hear comments on this. I have a few thoughts. Nothing profound. Mostly, my opinion is that Christianity’s goal is not politics and social reform. It’s gospel transformation in our own lives and in the lives of others. If American Christians treasured Jesus instead of our homes, cars, clothes, sports teams, video games, entertainment, comfort, air condition, TV shows, and on and on and on, we’d see reform in the home, in our businesses, and in politics. Do we love Jesus like Paul did, when he said, “I count all things as loss for the sake of Christ.” How did Paul approach government? He said, Do what they command, so long as they aren’t disobeying the Lord. The government is there to protect you! he says. Politics plays a small role in Christianity. The point of Christianity is enjoying God and spreading a passion for his fame throughout the world. Anything short of that is nonsense.