The Exile and Political Engagement: Introduction and Outline

The Church in ExileIn our study of the Christian as an exile and stranger in this world we have seen that Christians, having been brought into the presence of the kingdom of God, have been made strangers to the systems and of this world. God replaces all other “gods” and “authorities” as the ultimate authority, both for the individual Christian and for the Church worldwide. Like Jesus, our hope and our kingdom are “not of this world” (John 18:36). Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

One of the main implications of this is in the arena of political engagement. How should Christians engage with the political systems of this world? That is the question we will explore in this upcoming series of posts. It is also the question we will be exploring this upcoming Sunday night. You are invited to join us if you are in the area.

Outline:

Part 1: Mindset/Worldview

– What are the key principles for political engagement?

– What is the role of civil governments in our world?

– What should be the motivation for Christian engagement in the political process?

Part 2: Types of political engagement

– Submission and Taxes

– Serving in the government

– Justice and Advocacy

– Voting

– Civil Disobedience

Conclusion

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