Christians and Government

Robert Benne

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Christians and Government

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This article presents a theological assessment of government. It argues that Christians are called to active involvement in political life. God has established government for the benefit of the human community. Though it is a fallen institution, it nevertheless carries great possibilities as well as great dangers. Christians should grasp their political responsibilities and participate critically in political life. This means bringing their perspectives and actions to bear on the dynamic of political life. They should hold government in high esteem, but not idolatrously so. Above all, it is important that lay persons carry their Christian values right into the heart of the political process. Such witness will be far more effective than the sometimes necessary social statements or advocacy efforts of the institutional Church, because those lay Christians will be in the decision-making centres of political life in a way that the institutional Church cannot be.

Keywords: politics; government; Christian reflection; Church; political life; God

Article.  8373 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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