Don’t trade grace for politics

By Rev. Jeremy Howard/Pastor, United Christian Presbyterian Church

I have always been told growing up in the Southern Baptist church I was raised that we had to make sure that politics and religion did not cross paths.  As I have grown older, I have found this interesting because the way we operate in the church is referred to a polity and is itself a form of politics. I have also come to learn that what was really meant by what was said is that if it was a religious view that they did not agree with then it needed to stay out of politics – the religion they liked was always welcome!

That occurrence, the drive to use politics to force our version of faith on other people, makes me think of a quote from Philip Yancey in his book What’s So Amazing About Grace:

“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.

The complete story is in the Friday, May 26, 2017 Richmond News.

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