Leaving Judgment for the True Judge

Jesus came to found a new kind of kingdom that could coexist in Jerusalem and also spread into Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. In a parable, he warned that those farmers who concentrate on pulling up weeds (his image for “sons of the evil one”) may destroy the wheat along with the weeds. Leave matters of judgment to the one true Judge, Jesus advised.

The apostle Paul had much to say about the immorality of individual church members but little to say about the immorality of pagan Rome. He rarely railed against the abuses in Rome — slavery, idolatry, violent games, political oppression, greed — even though such abuses surely offended Christians of that day as much as our deteriorating society offends Christians today. – Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing about Grace?

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What Happens When Religion is Confused with Politics?

I see the confusion of politics and religion as one of the greatest barriers to grace. C. S. Lewis observed that almost all crimes of Christian history have come about when religion is confused with politics. Politics, which always runs by the rules of ungrace, allures us to trade away grace for power, a temptation the church has often been unable to resist.

Those of us who live under the strict separation of church and state may not fully appreciate how historically rare that arrangement is … Baptists, Puritans, Quakers, and other splinter groups had made the long voyage to America in hopes of finding a place that did separate church and state, for they had all been victims of state-sponsored religious persecution. When the church joined with the state, it tended to wield power rather than dispense grace. – Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing about Grace?