In contrast to the world around us, our political engagement is to be grounded in and informed by the Scriptures and of course by the central message of the Scriptures, which is the Gospel. Let’s consider the more broad grounds first.
In the Scriptures, God actually promotes some political ideas that can be easily converted over into our current context.
For example, the Scriptures teach about civil rights that are granted to every person. In this text, we find biblical grounds for the right to life and the right to property. What are those rights? A person’s life and property are theirs to steward. If someone violates these rights by taking a life or by usurping someone else’s property by moving a boundary stone, that cannot be allowed to stand.
Rights are granted by God. Think about it. Who gives and takes away life? Who gives and takes away property? God does. So when someone else takes something, when God has not given them the right to do so, it violates God’s will and the other person’s rights.
And these rights to life and property get developed throughout the Scriptures. He declares that the unborn have the right to life in Exodus 21. In Numbers 35, God declares life to have more value than property.
This is an excerpt from last Sunday’s service, “The Politics of the Kingdom,” which can be heard here.
Photo credit by Alan Cleaver.