Should Christians Withdraw From Politics?

From the Illinois Family Institute:

As we approach the upcoming election, I’d honestly like to bury my head in the sand. I agree with Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren that this campaign season has been marked by “irresponsible personal attacks, mean-spirited slander, and flat-out dishonest attack ads.” Quite frankly, politics is an ugly business – and I’d rather avoid the rancor.

I’d also like to avoid becoming the target of gross misrepresentation. Today, those of us who believe in the sanctity of life and biblical marriage are often equated with extremists who bomb abortion clinics and hate gays. These false caricatures hurt us personally, but even worse, they alienate people from the church. This has prompted even some Christians to urge us politically-active brothers and sisters to stand down. As popular blogger Rachel Held Evans implores, “Is a political ‘victory’ really worth losing millions more young people to cynicism regarding the Church?”

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