What Are We Supposed To Do Anyway?

Efrem Smith, pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, had some great insights on his blog about race and politics.

His main point, that African-Americans are used to government freeing them from things and Europeans-Americans have always been trying to be freed from government, makes a lot of sense.  I especially agree with his call that:

“the church in the United States of America must rise out of being the most racially segregated institution in this nation so that it can lead conversations and forums on reconciliation.”

I think recognizing our history, how we got to where we are and why we believe the things we do about government, is a very important step.  But I also think, that the in the church, we need to go a step further and recognize what scripture says that our views and beliefs about our government should be.

Obviously, if I had it all figured out I would tell you.  But I in fact do not.  I do know that the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders, to submit to authority (here also), and above all to live a life that follows Christ (here is a good description of that).

I am thankful that there are pastors out there who are ready to have conversations about what the churches role in our government should look like, and who are able to admit that their views, which have been shaped by historical and modern contexts, are open to discussion.  Let us figure this out together under the light of scripture.

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