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Does Political Involvement Impede Evangelistic Efforts?

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From Reformed and Reforming:

At this point, some will understandably contend that a person’s distinct Christian witness in the public square will impede evangelistic efforts because his or her message will offend others.  Using same-sex marriage as an example, some may argue that “we shouldn’t speak out against same-sex marriage.  We should be more concerned about people’s salvation than government legislation.”  John MacArthur voiced similar concern when he wrote, “When the church takes a stance that emphasizes political activism and social moralizing, it always diverts energy and resources away from evangelization” (Why the Government Can’t Save You, pg. 14).

But does our participation in the political process in America impede the churches evangelistic efforts?  Does participating divert energy and resources away from evangelization?  In Biblical Ethics and Social Change, Stephen Mott shares the following example to illustrate this point:

Jimmy Allen was chided for a strong statement on racial injustice:  “When you as a Baptist preacher get into that kind of controversy, you cut off my chance as a Baptist to win my neighbor who has racial prejudice.”  Allen’s response is appropriate.   “Evangelism is not tricking people into signing the policy and then letting them read the small print” (pg. 125).

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Written by Jesse Wisnewski

September 28, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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