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How should the church do politics?

Dr. Jim Denison is a cultural apologist who helps people respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues of our day. He is also the co-founder and Chief Vision Officer of the Denison Forum, a Dallas-based nonprofit that comments on current issues through a biblical lens.

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Countries of the cross outside the entrance to the Gateway Sanctuary on the north campus of The Church on the Way in Santa Clarita, California , June 15, 2008 (Credit: Konrad Summers via Flickr)

Brittany Maynard ended her life last Saturday.  The 29-year-old was terminally ill with brain cancer.  She famously declared earlier this year that she and her family had moved to Oregon so she could take advantage of that state’s right-to-die law.  

Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last Thursday, “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”  In the U.S., 32 states have now legalized same-sex marriage (though only three have done so by popular vote).  The other 29 legalized same-sex marriage by court decision or action by the state legislature.

On Tuesday the nation heads to the voting booth.  Some Christians and churches have been endorsing candidates and working hard for political agendas.  Others have ignored the election entirely.

My interest today is not in debating the issues of euthanasia, homosexuality, and politics.  Rather, it is in discussing ways Christians can respond to our fallen culture.  When society or individuals make decisions that contradict God’s word and will, what should we do?  How do we respond?  How can we make a difference?  What is our responsibility to our society?