The Bible and the Ballot
Someone I have known and respected for years took great offense at a political comment I had made and let me know that any respect or Christian affection we once shared was long gone.
It’s not the first time this has happened and it probably won’t be the last.
It is more painful than I care to admit every time it happens, but sadly, it’s getting easier to let go when need be.
Still, the loss of fellowship for any reason calls for self examination.
Because my primary identity in this world is that of a Christian, I needed to examine whether the way I thought about politics, political issues , and the nation were actually biblically congruent.
I found a book that was helpful and I want to share that with you.
Tremper Longman III has written The Bible and the Ballot to assist people in reading and interpreting the Scriptures correctly and to discern what the Bible says about the issues we wrestle with today.
He surveys the Scriptures on ten hot button items…nationalism, religious liberty, war, abortion, criminal justice, Immigration, same-sex marriage, the environment, poverty
Because I have no self control, I immediately went to the chapters on nationalism and immigration.
I found both chapters to be informative and helpful, understanding that they were chapters in a larger book, not full length treatises on the subjects covered.
This is the kind of engagement with our sacred text that I believe is necessary…as Longman points out, both of our political parties support and oppose the kingdom of God in different places and identifying with either will leave you outside the biblical framework at some point.
If a “Biblical worldview” and fidelity to the Scriptures is important to you, I recommend this volume heartily.