Can politics save? Any professing Christian would answer with an emphatic no! But that's only if the topic of conversation is the doctrine of salvation. However, when the subject turns to certain hot political issues, often, what sounded like absolute, unconditional doctrine is transformed into a political viewpoint. There seems to be an increasing tendency to blur the distinctive doctrines of the Christian faith and judge the integrity of Christian profession by political views rather than by doctrine. This "labeling" is being done by both Christians and non-Christians alike. When we hear such terms as the Christian Right, it leads to some rather legitimate questions-are those the views of all Christians? Am I any less of a Christian if my views differ in any way? Such questions demonstrate the dangers of crossing the lines between Christianity and politics. But what's at issue here? What would even prompt such a question as can politics save?
Pastor Kenneth Jones is a native of Los Angeles, California. He attended high school in Gardena, CA and Pepperdine University Malibu. He was ordained to the pastorate in 1983 and has served as Pastor of the Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, California for the past eighteen years. He has co-hosted the White Horse Inn radio broadcast since 1995. He is a frequent conference speaker as well as a contributing writer for Modern Reformation and Table Talk magazines. He established the Compton Academy for Protestant Studies and is on the Board of Directors of The Rafiki Foundation. Pastor Jones and his wife Lisa have been married for 28 years and are the parents of one son.
Issue: "God and Politics" Sept./Oct. 1994 Vol. 3 No. 5 Page number(s): 14-16
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