Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

Suggested Guidelines for Political Thought and Action: An Anabaptist-Christian Perspective

Academic journal article Mennonite Quarterly Review

Suggested Guidelines for Political Thought and Action: An Anabaptist-Christian Perspective

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As our nation pursues a "war on terrorism," a climate of fear pervades society. In this context we seek to test a set of guidelines for a Christian walk in the thicket of political thought and action. We seek to be shaped by our Christian faith, to be biblically rooted and to express our convictions simply and briefly. We draw on the wisdom of our Anabaptist faith with its call to witness with integrity to both the worldly and the blessed communities.

1. As followers of Christ, we live in hope, not fear. We invoke faith, hope and love in thought, talk and action. Loyalty to Christ embraces all of life and overrules loyalty to any government or political party.

2. We seek to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. In the field of politics we persistently ask ourselves, "What is it to speak and act in a Christ-like way?"

3. We draw for insight and guidance on the Bible and the experience of our faith tradition.

4. We walk not alone. We are members of a blessed community and, thus, seek and yield to the counsel of brothers and sisters in Christ. We need the counsel of the faithful in other lands.

5. As ministers of reconciliation, we have a particular calling to seek and speak the truth. "Let your yes be yes and your no, no."

6. Given the multitude of voices in the public arena, we strive to address persistent human needs in preference to the frenzied urgencies of the moment. …

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