Our Christ and Culture class at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC picked back up this past Sunday, April 12 with our discussion titled Christ in the Public Sphere: Politics. Review or catch up on our discussion points from last Sunday with this handout and read summary below from Butler Stoudenmire, one of our Christian-Education teachers.
The cultural beliefs of our country and the laws of our country intersect through the political process. In an American system, where the people have direct input into their system of government, the cultural trends of the age find their way into law. As we have been discussing during this series, Christians have an important responsibility to engage the culture around us in a manner that is truthful and Gospel-centered–yet also respectful and in common, relatable terms. But what is the Christian’s role to be in a political system that declares a separation between church and state?
First, we examined the reason we need a government: We are in a fallen condition and need authority in our lives. God has ordained leaders and government as authority within our lives so as to maintain order and ensure justice. Second, we examined different schools of thought around how Christians should engage the political system. Last, we considered the idea of focusing our political involvement on local issues, as opposed to the much more talked about national issues. As a community of believers in Charleston, there are many causes and issues here upon which we can have a profound impact.
Please join us next Sunday, April 19 at 9:15 am for our Christian-Education hour, as we continue our Christ and Culture series in a discussion titled Christ and the Public Sphere: The Marketplace.