February 12th, 2013
(FPP) Why should the church be involved in the public arena?
God does not call us to sit by unconcerned and ignore the issues of the world. We are to be integral parts of our communities, interacting and interceding on His behalf because we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Lev. 19:18). This love is manifested through our supporting God`s standards in all aspects of life.
• To Support and Defend the Integration of the Judeo-Christian Wordlview
The church has a biblical mandate to support and defend the integration of the Judeo-Christian worldview in all spheres of culture, society and public policy. Until our Lord comes, we have a duty to: (1) “Occupy” as the pillar and ground of the truth in society (Luke 19:12-26;1 Tim. 3:15); (2) Infuse, permeate and preserve society and culture as “the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13); (3) Enter into all spheres of society, as the “light of the world,” so that others may see our “good works and glorify” our “Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16); and (4) Be wise and shrewd regarding the matters of this world (Matt. 10:16; Luke 16:1-8).
• To Submit to the Governing Authorities
There is no biblical mandate or authorization for the church to have dominion over the state or for the creation of a Christian theocracy. Although the state has moral authority over the horizontal duties and responsibilities of human beings toward each other, it has no biblical or moral authority to legislate religion or to interfere with the religious beliefs of its citizens. Rom. 13:1-7; Mark 10:42-43.
• To Support Good and Oppose Bad Public Policy
Christians are commanded to love their neighbors as themselves without regard to their neighbor’s beliefs or spiritual condition. When the church supports good public policies (as in protecting marriage) or opposes bad ones (as in opposing abortion, racial bigotry, etc.), it fulfills this mandate by securing and preserving the Rights, health and safety of all our neighbors. 1 Tim. 1:8-10, Rom. 13:9-10.
• To Preach the Gospel to the Ends of the Earth
It is the will of God that society and culture be secure and stable “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence” because God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim. 2:1-4. By applying the principles of Paul’s prayer to government, the United States has sent more missionaries into the world than any other nation on earth.
• To Promote and Defend God`s Moral Law
Promoting and defending the Moral Law as the proper basis for law and public policy pre-evangelizes our society and culture because it provides our neighbors with a clue regarding the meaning of the universe and awakens in their consciences the law already written on their hearts. Rom. 2:12-15; 13:5.
• To Educate and Engage Others
The church is called to expose, engage and stand against public policies which cause injury or harm to our neighbors. Ezek. 33:1-6; Eph. 5:11; Matt. 5:13-14. To protect our neighbors and to uphold the rule of law under God, we have a duty to oppose all such public policies which are demonstrably injurious or harmful to society or which violate the fundamental purposes of government.
• To Support and Defend Truth in the Public Square
As “the pillar and ground of truth,” the church is called to support and defend Truth in the public square as it intersects with faith and public policy. 1 Tim. 3:15; Is. 59:14-15.
• To Engage in Public Policy
We are called to engage in spiritual warfare in all spheres of society, including the sphere of public policy. Eph. 6:10-20. In this context, our service obligates us to “demolish arguments (ideas, ideologies, etc.) and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” 2 Cor. 10:4-5.
• To Support and Defend Biblical Public Policy
Supporting and defending public policies which correspond to the transcendent Moral Law promotes societal unity and prosperity. Ps. 19:7-11.
“Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
– George Washington