Let Us Pray

The Bible and Public Policy (May 23, 2022)

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“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10

Many Christians ponder and think about how the Christian and the policy/political sphere should intersect. Some Christians believe that these two should not interact and if they do, it should be on an extremely limited basis.

The problem with this worldview is that it is not supported in Scripture. The Bible never indicates that Christians should stay disengaged or separated from the policy/political world. In fact, the Bible actually indicates the opposite, the Christian should be involved in influencing good and righteous policy as it is a straightforward way to do good works as we are commanded to do.

The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10 states that each believer in Christ is created to do good works. Doing good works includes taking care of the poor, providing shelter for the homeless, comforting the hurting, feeding the hungry, and yes, promoting righteous laws through public policy so that one’s land might be pleasing to God.

When one ponders how the Christian should interact with public policy there should be no confusion, God calls the Christian to influence this world for good and that is accomplished in a major way through public policy. In other words, fulfilling the command to do good works is not limited to, but certainly includes influencing government to pass good laws in our Commonwealth and nation.

Father, empower us to do good in this world, where You have placed us. Lord, help believers all across Kentucky and America to understand we are called to influence the political/policy sphere for Your sake. Father, may the Church stand strong and truly impact this world for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.