Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday Thinking - Truth to Trump

Christianity Today magazine, the news flagship for evangelical Christians in America, has released an editorial by Andy Crouch denouncing Donald Trump and reproaching evangelical Christians who support his candidacy for president. It's a bold, historic, and prophetic piece that I welcome. Why it has taken CT so long to finally take a stand and state the obvious is perplexing and disappointing to me. As they say, better late than never, but sooner than later would have been more commendable.

by Andy Crouch / October 10, 2016

As a non-profit journalistic organization, Christianity Today is doubly committed to staying neutral regarding political campaigns—the law requires it, and we serve our readers best when we give them the information and analysis they need to make their own judgments.

We can never collude when idolatry becomes manifest, especially when it demands our public allegiance.

Just because we are neutral, however, does not mean we are indifferent. We are especially not indifferent when the gospel is at stake. The gospel is of infinitely greater importance than any campaign, and one good summary of the gospel is, “Jesus is Lord.”

The true Lord of the world reigns even now, far above any earthly ruler. His kingdom is not of this world, but glimpses of its power and grace can be found all over the world. One day his kingdom, and his only, will be the standard by which all earthly kingdoms are judged, and following that judgment day, every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, as his reign is fully realized in the renewal of all things.

The lordship of Christ places constraints on the way his followers involve themselves, or entangle themselves, with earthly rulers.

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