Rightful Role of Faith in Politics

May 19, 2008

Robert Parham has a good column at Ethics Daily entitled "Seven Touchstones for Reclaiming the Rightful Role of Faith in Politics." Here are his main points:

First, the rightful role of faith in politics begins when clergy offer the theological declaration that God transcends politics.

... Second, the rightful role of faith in politics continues when clergy stress the theological conviction that God expects people of faith to engage the public square.

... Third, the rightful role of faith in politics calls clergy to speak from the moral high ground to the battleground of concrete issues.

... Fourth, the rightful role of faith in politics requires faith leaders to retain a prophetic distance from those in power.

... Fifth, the rightful role of faith in politics is for clergy to articulate a broad moral agenda, not a truncated one.

... Sixth, the rightful role of faith in politics for faith leaders is to ensure a high wall of separation between church and state.

... Seventh, the rightful role of faith in politics for clergy is to speak for peace in the time of war.
He explains each of these points and offers us some important issues to think about when considering the role of religion in politics.

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