Christianity and Politics – Part 2 (..poverty cont..)

Halden, over on his blog, has argued that Christians ant politics don’t mix at all suggesting:

“Fundamentally, I simply find it ridiculous that Christians would consider voting in the U.S. a viable way of “making a difference”. The “elections” that we have here are utterly obvious in how they are bought, regulated, and sold. The idea that we can somehow ‘influence the system’ by voting plumbs the depths of absurdity as far as I’m concerned.”

Christian, on his blog, argues, while not totally disagreeing with Halden that:

The change I have experienced in the last few years, however, is the conviction that I need to be involved in politics at a state and local level. At this level there seems to be more honest democracy (at least, that is the hope). And this change I would attribute to folks like Hauerwas, Milbank, Stout, and most importantly, Wendall Berry. So, I do need to get off my white middle-class ass and get involved.

Christian helps bring home the first point from my first blog. Jason, commenting on Halden’s article, argues here that:

I am a registered Independent who voted for Bush in 2004. I regret it. There a whole lot of fear tactics in the Christian Right movement and it is paralyzing if one is not informed. But the Christian Left is no better. They jumped the “tolerance” bandwagon and compromised the core tenets of the Christian faith to advance progressive ideologies. Humans don’t need progress. We need Jesus. We need to be truly born again, of the Spirit.

Here I have taken the the view in my post that God called the Jewish race to be a people of hope and comfort in their own land. In other words, the Israelites as a people are called to be a people of justice and hope in their context. So should one vote? Yes. Will it make a difference? Don’t count on it. What you can do, however, is take Christian’s advice to start advocating for the poor and the alien in your own communities (we all have them).

You can do much more for your own community locally than any president ever could. The president’s job is basically to oversee everything that goes on in America. He cannot be a micro-manager, and we cannot count on him to help us in our own communities. Following Christ is founded on the premise that we will Christ, and really do what he wants us to do.


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