This post is part of a series of posts taken from Dr. Wayne Grudem's Sunday school class at Scottsdale Bible Church. In this class, Dr. Grudem is taking us through his forthcoming book: Politics: According to the Bible. I have created a category link here, which will allow you to scroll through all of the upcoming posts.
This post covers point #4 in Dr. Grudem's "Five Wrong Views" with regard to Christians and politics.
There exists a view, in the evangelical world, that Christians ought not involve themselves in political efforts, and focus on the witness of the gospel.
According to this view, if we would simply promote the gospel, and allow the gospel to change the hearts of America, then we wouldn't need to worry about conflicts with Christian morals.
Proponents of this view evidently include Dr. John MacArthur, and Cal Thomas.
In this class, Dr. Grudem puts forth seven arguments against this wrong view. In a brief synopsis of several of his points, we find:
- God leaves Christians on earth both to do evangelism and to do good for others.
- God established both the church and the government to restrain evil.
- Countless examples exist where Christians have positively influenced governments for the good.
Audio from the class: