Citizen action

June 1, 2010 05:43

The faithful in America should defend liberty, but not under a Christian banner. If they mean that people should not walk under a church banner at a Tea Party demonstration, OK. But if they mean putting aside our rights as citizens: No. We should join with others in defending religious, political, and economic liberty.

Marvin Olasky at

No one had to sign a statement of faith before tossing British tea into Boston Harbor in 1773. No one has to sign a statement of faith before joining a Tea Party demonstration in 2010. And therein lies a lesson for politically involved Christians.

As Christians, we want to defend our religious liberty. Parents should be able to homeschool their children or send them to Christian schools. Christian professors and social workers, when asked what animates them, should be able to talk about Christ. Adoption agencies based on biblical understandings should be able to place children with father-mother rather than same-sex couples.

But we should also, as citizens, be involved with issues such as healthcare. Nothing in the Bible explicitly says we can’t have government-controlled healthcare. Nothing in the Bible says we can’t have monarchy, for that matter. So we get into trouble when we band together as Christians and speak dogmatically on issues that aren’t clearly connected to our faith. On extra-biblical policy matters we should speak as citizens and join with other citizens in seeking a redress of grievances.


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