Politics and God


As we enter into a heated political season in the U.S., a passage, written by Richard John Neuhaus in the 1981 founding statement of the Institute on Religion and Democracy is an appropriate and powerful reminder:

“Jesus Christ is Lord.

That is the first and final assertion Christians make about all of reality, including politics. Believers now assert by faith what one day will be manifest to the sight of all: every earthly sovereignty is subordinate to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ.

The Church is the bearer of that claim. Because the Church is pledged to the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus, it must maintain a critical distance from all the kingdoms of the world, whether actual or proposed.

Christians betray their Lord if, in theory or practice, they equate the Kingdom of God with any political, social, or economic order of this passing time. At best, such orders permit the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom and approximate, in small part, the freedom, peace, and justice for which we hope”

One Response to “Politics and God”

  1. Bob Middleton Says:

    It is an important and essential understanding for those in the Christian community to embrace, IMHO. However in the US the essential tenets of this statement are becoming less and less popular in the general public and especially for the ruling class. Already the Republican candidate for President has rejected the endorsement of two prominent evangelical Pastors because of statements they have made, partly based on the ideas communicated in the statement. While I certainly agree that some of the comments made by Pastor Hagee and Parsley are inflammatory (some I highly disagree with), the issue really isn’t the statements but on the concept of Christian exclusivity. RJ Neuhaus states “...every earthly sovereignty is subordinate to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ. That is offensive to many non-Christians and as our culture continues it’s decline it will become even more unpopular. I think the time of becoming too ingrained into the political structure in the US will come to an end very quickly for evangelicals.

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