Tim Keller Says The Church Should Not Be Identified With A Political Party
The church should not be identified with a political party. That's what author Tim Keller said to Relevant Magazine.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church founder and author Tim Keller has written a compelling new op-ed for The New York Times that looks at the modern intersection of politics and faith.
Essentially, he unpacks the tension facing many modern Christians: Even though neither major political party perfectly aligns with biblical values, “Christians cannot pretend they can transcend politics and simply ‘preach the Gospel.’”
Ignoring politics entirely, and disengaging from the democratic process would not be effectively loving our neighbors, he argues: “ American churches in the early 19th century that did not speak out against slavery because that was what we would now call “getting political” were actually supporting slavery by doing so. To not be political is to be political.”
However, even though he makes a powerful case that individual Christians should engage with important social and political issues, he warns that the church itself should not be an extension of a party: “Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one.”
It’s a complicated issue, but one that many Christians are grappling with.