Forum 6.2 - Is politics a dirty word?

Some Christians believe that faith and politics do not go together.  If this is the case, we may need to redefine both politics and faith.  Here's an opportunity as a group to think through some of the issues at stake when considering faith and politics.  Pick one or more of the topics below to write your own post and offer at least two replies to fellow participants.

  • What do you think of when you hear the term politics or political? 
  • Consider the dictionary’s take on politics (especially definition #5).  Does anything surprise you in the list?
    • Merriam-Webster:  Full Definition of POLITICS
    • 1 a :  the art or science of government
    • b :  the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
    • c :  the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
    • 2:  political actions, practices, or policies
    • 3 a :  political affairs or business; especially :  competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)
    • b :  political life especially as a principal activity or profession
    • c :  political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices
    • 4:  the political opinions or sympathies of a person
    • 5 a :  the total complex of relations between people living in society
    • b :  relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view <office politics> <ethnic politics>1
  • Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit as an “advocate” or a “spirit of truth” that God was sending to humanity.  What does it mean to you to be an advocate?
  • How is an advocate different from a lobbyist?
  • Are the political beliefs of most Christians you know essentially the same as the beliefs of the rest of the community (or state or nation) or radically different?  Why do you think this is the case?
  • What do you think Jesus would say about the current political discourse in your community, town, state, or the country as a whole?
  • What do you think Jesus would say about what is represented as “Christian” political belief?2

1http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politics
2
Justice in Everyday Life,
pp.47-8.

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Politics 2 Brian Heymans
What would Jesus say? 1 Janet Baucom