Politics and the Church

May 5, 2017 1:38 pm

At Christ Community Church, we won’t ever be endorsing any candidates for any office at any level of service. We will faithfully proclaim Christ and his Gospel, administer the sacraments, offer worship, and teach the Scriptures. We will pray for all who serve in the civic realm. We will work for the common good of our city and neighbors. That doesn’t mean we think politics is inconsequential. It means we know that Christ is supremely more important than politics, that Christ is political in a radical way that contemporary politics doesn’t usually understand, and that we know what our work in this world looks like. We will worship One and Love All until Christ has first place in everything.

Our congregation is home to conservatives and liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and many others, including the politically unaffiliated and unimpressed and uninvolved. We are home to Americans and many from other nations too. We encourage individuals to serve in the civic realm and support ministries that care for those who are so often ignored, discarded, and disgraced by power, whether corporate or political. We love people, one at a time, all the time. We make Christ known and seek to equip every member to do so in their particular sphere of service since all work matters as a gift from God. We look to help our members learn what it means to love their neighbor – especially their neighbor in need – to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly.

Many of our members have strong political opinions as individuals and express them as free citizens, working as such for the common good in the best ways they believe that they can. Our community, however, is found at the foot of the cross, around the Table, and in the Scriptures, at the feet of Jesus, and never in allegiance to passing political whims, parties, or even nations. We don’t do voter guides and we don’t recruit for causes. Just because we don’t have a sign-up table for a member’s cause doesn’t mean we don’t believe that cause is important or valid; it’s simply not our job as a church to make those causes our own. We have a job to do, a job only the Church can do.

That noted, we aren’t afraid to speak truth to power, and don’t need permission to do so. We are, after all, part of a prophetic witness that spans the centuries, and that has always paid a dear price for that testimony. We hope that our actions speak louder than our words, however, and the one single message we have for all is this: Christ as he is revealed and offered to us in the Gospel.

See you at the Table this Sunday.

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