This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; ﬁnd wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.
1 | The tension of politics
BIG IDEA: Opting out isn’t an option because political issues are real-life issues
DID YOU KNOW?
The origins of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with pioneering literary works such as Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Politics, and the writings of Confucius dating back to 300 years before Jesus. The word “political” was derived from Latin and Greek: politikos, or politēs, which means “citizen,” and from polis which means “city”.
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior.
Political doesn't have to mean partisan
God-honoring historical figures that were deeply involved in politics:
2 | The language of politics
“In politics, I claim that progressives, conservatives, and libertarians are like tribes speaking different languages. The language that resonates with one tribe does not connect with the others. As a result, political discussions do not lead to agreement. Instead, most political commentary serves to increase polarization. The points that people make do not open the minds of people on the other side. They serve to close the minds of the people on one’s own side.” —ARNOLD KLING
CONSERVATIVES: Tend to view the world though the lens of civilization and decay
PROGRESSIVES: Tend to view the world though the lens of oppressor and the oppressed
Our lens determines our language
BIG IDEA: Jesus saw the world through both lenses
3 | Five Marks of the Early Church
1. Multi-ethnic and Multi-racial
2. Cared for the poor
3. Abortion and infanticide
4. Sexual Counter-Culture
4 | How should we practically engage in political issues as followers of Jesus?
1. Choose empathy over disgust
2. Love dignity more than you despise depravity
3. See people, not avatars
4. Remember the way you respond matters
5. Make grace the default mode
6. Resist the urge to ﬁght every battle
7. Remember, Jesus is King!