The Role of the Church in Politics (Season 3 Episode 30)

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, the best Christian podcast on the web, we are talking about the role of the Church in politics

What role does the Church have in politics? Should the Church align and identify itself with a specific political party? How can the Church speak to political issues without lobbying and activism?

In this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and special guest Dr. Nicolas Ellen talk about the Church and how it can and does interact with politics and political issues. They remind us that the Church has a responsibility to preach the Word of God to His people. 1 Timothy 3:15 tells us that the Church is the “pillar and support of the truth”; so our role, in terms of what is going on in the political realm, is to instruct God’s people about all issues from a biblical point of view. The Church must be clear on what it believes, and must preach and teach that with clarity. Many of these issues will intersect with political discussions.

Furthermore, Dr. Caldwell and Dr. Ellen remind us that as members of the body of Christ, His Church, this world is not our home. We should therefore not be concerned so much  about aligning ourselves politically, but aligning ourselves with Christ and His kingdom. Christ did not give us a cultural mandate to fix the world, but to inform it.  So, as the Church goes about preaching the gospel, it can and should be a “salt and light” influence, impacting not only the political realm, but all areas of life. 

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Related Messages

If you are interested in learning more about the Church and its responsibilities toward society, government, and authority, you can listen to these sermons by Pastor Richard Caldwell:

The Beautiful Life & Civil Authority

A Christian Vision for Engaging the World – Part 1

A Christian Vision for Engaging the World – Part 2

Salt & Light

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Season 3 Credits

Produced by
Juan Carlos Claveria

Executive Producers
Joshua Philpot
David Anders

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Joshua Philpot

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Joshua Want

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Samantha Claveria

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David Navejas

Spanish Translation
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Juan Carlos Claveria

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