Is a Church Political?

Is a Church Political?

The Scriptures are clear that we should pray for those in government positions (I Timothy 2:1-4).

The Bible also is clear that we need to obey the law and submit to government authorities (Romans 13:1-7).  The exception would be when the rules of our government are contrary to Scripture and then, we have the obligation to obey the higher authority (Acts 5:29).

However, Jesus made it clear that there is a sharp distinction between God and government (Matthew 22:15-22).  The government has it designated sphere of authority and function, but the government is never God.

Then, there are issues on which we have a moral and biblical perspective, but also involve the government and its rules.  Some of these issues are pro-life, education, religious liberty, alcohol, human trafficking and same-sex unions.

Ashburn Baptist is not an “issues” church.  Individual members may have strong feelings about issues, and commit time and influence on some particular matter.  Our church is concerned about all the issues, but not particularly committed to all.  Each of us needs to be tolerant of others who are not committed to “my issues”.

Our church is not an issue church.  However, neither are we a silent church.  On occasion, we will speak out on all issues that have a moral and biblical significance.

It is not the objective of our church to constantly thump on some particular issue, but to teach, preach and proclaim “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26).

Our reason for existence is not to promote some issue, but to make known “Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2).

Our main message is not some issue no matter how worthy, but “the Gospel”, which is “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:1-4).

We support the government as necessary to an ordered society, but our passion is to spread the Gospel, which is the only Good News this world has.