The Church and Politics

We come to Communion not as Democrats, not as Republicans, or not even as Independents. We come to Communion as followers of Jesus Christ. Consider the very first followers of Jesus. The twelve disciples demonstrated that political distinctions, however important they may be, diminish considerably when we are united in Christ. Matthew was a tax collector in league with the Roman overlords of his day; whereas Simon the Zealot seemingly based his entire identity on Jewish nationalism and undying opposition to Rome. If they could overcome their differences and enjoy Communion with Christ, how much more can we do the same today!

— David J. Pound (roughly paraphrased)

Seeing as the Netherlands just held its national elections, and as the United States will be holding its national elections in just a few more weeks, it seems useful for Christians to consider the above call to Communion that I recently heard at a church in Mansfield, Ohio. I believe that the more we Christians can embody this Communion in Christ, regardless of any ideological opposition, the more influence we can have in this world for good.

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