Friday 9 October 2020

9Marks Journal (September 2020) on Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

The latest issue of the 9Marks Journal, available from here in various formats, looks at ‘Pastoring Through Political Turmoil’.

In the Editorial Note, Jonathan Leeman writes:

‘Our goal is not to tell you what to think politically. It’s to help you think about how to pastor when your church and country are enduring a season of political unrest or division. What posture should you adopt? […]

‘Humility in our politics means that our politics begins with the declaration, “Jesus is King.” This doesn’t require overturning the separation of church and state. But it does mean that a Christian’s view of the state must begin with what King Jesus says about the state in his Word. A humble politics is always under God’s Word, never over it.

‘Humility in our politics yields both courage and deference. It gives us the courage to stand fixed upon on God’s Word, no matter what opposition comes. But it also teaches us to defer to others by listening to them, knowing that we can be mistaken and that our perspectives are limited.

‘Humility in our politics means we can learn from different kinds of people, including from people who disagree with us politically. It means we’re open to critique.. 

Humility in our politics means we show honor to everyone made in God’s image, including our political opponents…

‘As much as anything, pastors, we’re encouraging you to model humility in your politics, a humility that trusts and stands on God’s Word more than on your own political inclinations and opinions.’

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