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Saving Politics from Ideology
by Timothy Sherratt
08.31.2015

Article Summary:

Christian ethics are very important to political reflection, and Christian political thought can offer a comprehensive approach to politics and government. However, both Christian ethics and Christian political thought follow from the Good News of hope in the resurrection--they do not lead. In this article, Timothy Sherratt explores how Christ’s example of selfless love can inspire Christians to service and political engagement in obedience to Christ.

Sherratt reflects on how Christians can bring the most salt and light to the political order when laws are passed or legal decisions made that seem to challenge basic truths about the nature of society or the status of religious liberty. He offers insight into how Christians can uphold a convinced Christian worldview in contemporary politics without reducing Christianity to one more ideology, and he urges Christians to be guided by selfless love when engaging the political order as citizens.