It?s a sinful world. Therefore, government?s prime job is to restrain sin and to preserve order. That is its ordained role from God. Our leaders, therefore, have to be those who are best-suited for carrying out these tasks, the most confident and responsible. Or, as Luther is supposed to have said, it is better to be ?ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian.?
Does this mean that we shouldn?t encourage our fellow believers to seek elective office and support them once they do? Of course not. Christians are called to apply biblical truth to all areas of life, including politics and government. Nor does it mean that a candidate?s beliefs are irrelevant. A candidate?s beliefs shed light on his values, priorities, and character?all of which matter when it comes to governance. A believer should be a force for virtue, and having one in office is a witness, of course.
But this doesn?t change the fact that the first requirement is competence. And some non-Christians may be better prepared to carry out government?s biblical mandate than some Christians, no matter how often the latter attend church.
For further reading and information:
Franklin Foer, ? Beyond Belief ,? New Republic,
See yesterday?s BreakPoint Commentary , ?Two Cities.?
Gene Edward Veith, ? Keeping the faiths ,? World,
Ted Olsen, ? Weblog: Dean Changes Tack on Religion Comments ,? Christianity Today,
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, ? Groups Debate Religion on Campaign Trail ,? FOX News,
Mark O?Keefe, ? Bush has firm hold on the ?religious? vote ,? Star Tribune (
?God and Caesar: The Logic of Christian Political Responsibility ? by Nigel M. de S. Cameron addresses the issues of Christian engagement in the political process and the Christian stake in issues of public policy.