There is precious little of Biblical principle in politics today, but Christians ought to be in politics. Not every Christian is endowed with the gifts which make for great statesmen, but there is no greater force for liberty than a man or woman steeped in Biblical principle and disposed by grace to public service. Moreover, the heart of statesmanship is an attitude of service and no greater example of this exists than Christ himself.
Obviously, not all Christians are called to public office, but all Christians are called to participate in the American political process. People of faith have failed in this duty and the result is a metastasizing tyranny.
Our founding fathers subscribed to a Christian world view of varying degrees of orthodoxy but they were undeniably guided by ideas drawn from the Sacred Text. For instance, the Declaration of Independence is studded with phrases such as, “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God..are created…their Creator…the Supreme Judge of the world…Divine Providence.”
America’s founding fathers have bequeathed to us a unique form of government, singular in human history, which devolves upon people of faith a duty to participate in the political process and to advocate for their faith at every level of local, state, and federal government. It is not enough to simply pursue a private devotion. It is incumbent on every person of faith to function as a moral and political preservative.
Before the invention of refrigeration, salt was used as a preservative. Meat taken in the hunt would be encrusted in salt which infused into the tissue delaying the process of putrefaction. Salt preserves by drawing water out of microbial cells and also functions actively by destroying bacteria.
In the New Testament, Christ employes the use of analogy to communicate eternal truths in a concrete way. He describes Christians as "salt" and thereby communicated to his audience a vivid image. His disciples understood clearly that their faith was not confined by the walls of their church or home, but was to be active in every part of their private and public lives. They were to live in such a way as to function as a moral preservative which involves active participation in the modalities of society. In America, participation in politics is fundamental. In fact, for our republic to function at all, it is incumbent on all of us to maintain a familiarity with the issues that move our politics.
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