French philosopher, Jacques Ellul, made a strange statement that I wish I had read and thought about earlier in my Christian life. Here is the gem:
“Collaboration with power, whether Communist or not, is always ruinous for the church. If the church exists, if it is to have legitimacy in the eyes of the people, it must always stand erect as a counter power to the political power.”
Ellul was referring to the Roman Catholic Church, but the principle certainly applies to any group of churches such as Evangelicalism, come together in this or that power group. Or I should say imagined power group?
Often someone overcome with conviction for keeping quiet or otherwise participating in the fib, or whatever his political persuasion vehicle, speaks out, and immediately is banished to the backwaters by the more reasonable “keepers of the Holy Truth of our party.”
I received a note from a couple stating they were in a dither about what to do politically. Like many, they made a dichotomy between faith and secular entities. No such boundary should exist. Why walk in a Right to Life March and then ponder voting for someone who is extreme to the point of partial birth abortion? Shakespeare’s “Consistency, consistency thou art the rarest of jewels,” infers our “secular” position should mirror our spiritual understanding.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly