Magazine article Church & State

Evangelical Author Calls for Reassessing Link between Religion and Politics

Magazine article Church & State

Evangelical Author Calls for Reassessing Link between Religion and Politics

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An evangelical author has called on his coreligionists to reconsider the value of linking faith and politics and questioned the leadership of figures like James Dobson and Jerry Falwell.

Sigmund Brouwer, an author of Christian fiction, wrote in The Christian Post recently that the approach favored by Religious Right leaders may not be the best.

"Are evangelical Americans, then, expected to be a faceless army, led by generals like Falwell?" asked Brouwer. "Am I a bad Christian to question this assumption before we recruit the next generation?"

He continued, "In answer, I would suggest that the gospel accounts predominately show Jesus as a teacher, not a leader. He questioned religious ideas. He accepted questions about his ideas. We see him engaged in frequent and often good-humored debate, not frequently giving orders.

"As for politics, he insisted that he was concerned about the kingdom of heaven, not earth, and pointedly refused to lead his people against their overlords," wrote Brouwer. "Yet in rejecting the leadership mantle offered to him, Jesus showed a great understanding of politics. Especially when it comes to faith."

Brouwer asserted that Jesus "did not invoke his Father's name to impose moral imperatives on the secular society around him--Greeks and Romans who lived far more hedonistically and with far less regard for human life than today's 'Hollywood.' Unlike Christian boycotters, Jesus did not expect a secular world to live by biblical standards. …

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