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Has the Church Become Politically Pragmatic?

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When we talk about Christians and politics, many become uncomfortable. There are those who believe that the Church should not be in political affairs. Either they are misinformed about the issue of the separation of Church and state, or they misunderstand Matthew chapter five.

In either case, we have seen a significant shift in the way Christians choose the people they will vote for politically. And a recent survey reveals how quickly thinking has changed.

Evangelical Focus reports

In 2011, only 30% of white evangelical Protestants believed “elected officials can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal lives”. Now 72% do, says survey.

A new survey published by New York Magazine shows that 72% of white evangelical Protestants in the USA “now believe elected officials can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal lives.”

I believe that this has more to do with theological shifts than the political scene. People have set aside the view that God’s ethical standards are necessary. No longer is the Church instructed that ethics are important. We are taught that God’s standards are changing or that all is forgiven and we can live as we wish.

The weakness in ethics in the Church has led to this understanding. We have begun to believe that the God Who died for our sins does not care who we support. But we forget the admonition about being yoked unevenly.

And what about the warning that those who live in sin do not have the truth in them. We are in a dangerous place when we forget the words of our Lord just to gain comfort and affluence.

We must return to the standard God has given, or we will perish.

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