Political Gaps Strain Churches

In a society already ideologically polarized, many believers go to church in hopes of a respite from conflict. But recent surveys show similar political disparities straining the Christian community. There are huge gaps in political affiliation between clergy and laity, especially in the oldline Protestant denominations. The divide between oldline and evangelical Protestant leaders remains exceedingly wide. The much publicized evangelical left, purporting to bridge that divide with a fusion of evangelical theology and liberal politics, remains statistically insignificant……

The American Spectator : Political Gaps Strain Churches.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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  1. We are commanded numerous times in Scripture that the one body of Christ should not be divided, and that believers should speak the same doctrine (e.g. 1 Cor. 1:10, 1 Cor. 12: 25-31, John 17:21-23, Rom. 12:4-6a, Eph. 2:19-22). However, many in Christian sects today are more attached to their denomination or political ideology than to the living Christ.

    Unity among all regenerated believers is based solely on having the same Heavenly Father. Instead of being comfortably proud in our sectarian or political ivory towers, we should humble ourselves to be content and united as merely Christians of the one true body of our Lord, assuming our disagreements are limited to doctrines not essential to salvation.

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