As pastors and ministry leaders, how do we engage in the political arena in a way that is productive, honors God, and aligns with the way of Jesus? In this week's conversation on FrontStage BackStage, host Jason Daye is joined by Dr. Paul Miller. Paul is a devoted Christ-follower, a veteran who has served our country in a variety of capacities. He's currently a professor at Georgetown University. He's written several books, including The Religion of American Greatness. Together they explore patriotism, Christian Nationalism, politics in general, and what it looks like to minister in the midst of all these tensions in which we find ourselves today.
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Some key takeaways from this conversation:
Paul D. Miller on being thoughtful as Christians about political agendas: "When the Bible tells us to take captive every thought, and to test for truth, to seek wisdom and understanding, I think all that applies to our political lives as well. And that means we have to be on guard against those who would seek to hijack us or our movement, or our churches, we have to be on guard against those who would make a direct appeal to us, for our power, or to be our protector or defender. There are good ways for Christians to be involved in politics and to work for justice and flourishing for all, but there are some dangers in making ourselves vulnerable to those who would exploit us."
Paul D. Miller on our role as Christians in the public square: "Christendom is not the point of Christianity, right? Jesus didn't come in order for us to build a society that feigned outward obedience to Christian cultural norms. He came to inaugurate his kingdom, which he will consummate and will make real when he returns, we're not the ones who build His kingdom. We might, insofar as we act as citizens of his kingdom today, be foreshadowings or foretastes of it, and that's a good thing. But Jesus' kingdom doesn't need our help, and it will come about with or without us. That means that our agenda in the public square isn't building Christian society, it is building peace and justice."
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