Was Jesus a Politician?

The Gospel of Jesus was not primarily a political platform. In all the talk of voting blocs and culture wars, the message of grace — the main distinction Christians have to offer — tends to fall aside. It is difficult, if not impossible, to communicate the message of grace from the corridors of power.

The church is becoming more and more politicized, and as society unravels I hear calls that we emphasize mercy less and morality more. Stigmatize homosexuals, shame unwed mothers, persecute immigrants, harass the homeless, punish lawbreakers — I get the sense from some Christians that if we simply pass enough harsh laws in Washington, we can turn our country around. One prominent spiritual leader insists, “The only way to have a genuine spiritual revival is to have legislative reform.” Could he have that backwards? – Philip Yancey


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