How should Christians view their relationship with the state?
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This study seeks to delve deeply into what Christian identity means, rather than simply raising questions about the separation of church and state or whether the U.S. is or should be a Christian nation. It looks at how the Bible informs the question of how Christians should practice “right politics.”
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 4:17-22; 5:13-16; 13:33; Acts: 27-32; Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Jeremiah 29:4-7
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: As part of the Good News of the gospel, Jesus invites us into a community of his disciples who are a leavening influence in society.
Teaching point two: When human and divine authorities are in conflict with each other, Jesus’ disciples must obey God rather than humans.
Teaching point three: God wills that justice and order prevail in this sinful world, and toward that end God ordains governing authorities to rule.
Teaching point four: Christians are engaged in a spiritual conflict, not a physical one; spiritual warfare calls for spiritual weaponry.
Teaching point five: Christians do much of what other people do (get married, have babies, plant gardens), but with different motivation—faith in the God who holds the future in his hands.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Civic-Minded and Heavenly Good: How Christians Should Practice ‘Right Politics.', by James W. Skillen (November 18, 2002, p. 50)
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