Love,Politics and Morality


As we see the erosion of moral standards in our society it is very tempting to denounce the evil and the evildoers,this achieves very little. There is a lot of denunciation of people for various things and the end result is that even if we are campaigning for righteousness we appear to observers to be unrighteous.
As a Christian I am pro-life I believe in the importance of protecting the child in the womb,the elderly and the disabled, I affirm that we must preserve life because mankind is created in the image of God. Now if this is really true then we need to show love and respect as we campaign. For instance in campaigning against abortion, we must demonstrate that abortion is wrong but violence in our campaigning is illegitimate.  We can not belittle the abortionist and then expect him or her to come to Christ.  We need to stand firmly for truth in a spirit of love, yes we will call sin,sin but we will want to win all to Christ.
Another thing that really concerns me is that very often even within the Church we denounce one another on social and political issues, why cannot we listen respectfully to one another and reply in a constructive manner?  We see the debates in the church about social issues especially at times of political stress and at election times, giving off more heat than light. It is also tempting for those of us who live in different cultures wanting to impose our culture on others. This past two years I have been really concerned about the amount of invective in campaigning on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jesus Christ calls us to a life of love and service to others and we need to reflect the love of Christ as we speak to others whether they be Christian or not. We need to uphold the moral standards of the word of God in a way that shows that God is love. I am not calling for watering down our stand on these issues but rather strengthening it through Christlike service. within the church we need to listen to one another not denounce each other because of our political positions and having listened we need to uphold the truth of scripture. In these days it is very tempting when one see somebody denouncing another to reply in the same manner. We need to pray for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit so that we may be able to manifest the love of Christ to our generation

About pneumaandlogos

David Rollings was born in Luton in1949 and raised by my Christian parents in the Gospel Standard Strict Baptist denomination( Hyper-Calvinistic} in the sixties I rebelled against this background and got involved in left-wing politics. I became a Christian in 1969 and soon started reading Francis Schaeffer's books and came to embrace a Christian Worldview. I had the privilege of being on the staff of L'Abti Fellowship from1975 - 1979. After L'abri I studied at London School of Theology where I gained my BA.(1983) A few years later I studied for my MA by distance learning with The Nazarene Theological College Manchester (1999) For the last 22 years, I have been an elder of Shoreham-by-Sea Baptist Church. I also regularly attend the Christian Doctrine Study Group of the Tyndale Fellowship.
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