As we approach the November election, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that things are a little TENSE. In the midst of extreme polarization, unkind words, and relational strife, what is our response as Christ-followers? How does our faith interact with politics? How can we follow Jesus and participate in the political process at the same time?
Here at Blackhawk, our desire is to build a loving community that follows Christ and that’s difficult when Politics is the religion of our day. It’s what many people think about more than anything else. Many of us spend way more time watching news feeds and reading about politics than we do reading our Bible. What does it mean to be first and foremost Christ-followers before anything else?
This is what we’re exploring over these next couple of weeks.
We acknowledge that this topic is complicated. As we continue to learn and grow and wrestle with this as a community, here are some books and articles to help us along the way.
In 2008, our Elder Board wrote up a statement on Blackhawk’s official stance around politics. Reading this statement is a helpful place to start!
The Bible in Politics: How to Read the Bible Politically by Richard Bauckham
City of Man, Religion and Politics in a New Era by Michael Gerson and Peter Wehner
Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk by Eugene Cho
Justice in the Bible // Tim Keller
“For the Health of the Nation” // The National Association of Evangelicals
The Bible’s Guide to Christian Activism // J.I. Packer
While there are many more great resources we could recommend, these are good to get us started! Our hope in all of this is that we would be a community that puts our trust in King Jesus alone, and that we would love others well- despite whether they voted for the candidate we support or not.