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October 1, 2009 / brockbruce

Chuck Colson "We made a big mistake in the ’80s by politicizing the Gospel."


Interesting Perspective from one of the founders of the religious-right. Click the link to read his recent interview with Time Magazine. I found this question and answer to be spot on.

Time – In recent years, religious leaders have often preached about how to apply a Christian worldview to, say, making a political decision to vote for a certain kind of candidate.

Colson – We made a big mistake in the ’80s by politicizing the Gospel. We ought to be engaged in politics, we ought to be good citizens, we ought to care about justice. But we have to be careful not to get into partisan alignment. We [thought] that we could solve the deteriorating moral state of our culture by electing good guys. That’s nonsense. Now people are kind of realizing it was a mistake. A lot of people are going back and saying, “Let’s just take care of the church and tend to our knitting.”
Both positions are wrong. There’s an intelligent way to engage the culture in every area, including politics. But you can’t fix politics or culture unless you fix the church. What we’re seeing in society today is a direct consequence of the church failing to be the church.”

Q&A with Chuck Colson

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