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How should the church do politics?

Dr. Jim Denison is the CEO of Denison Forum.
His Daily Article and podcast globally reach over 160,000 subscribers. Dr. Denison guides readers to discern today’s news—biblically. He is the author of multiple books and has taught on the philosophy of religion and apologetics at several seminaries. Prior to launching Denison Forum in 2009, he pastored churches in Texas and Georgia. He holds a Ph.D and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim and his wife, Janet, live in Dallas, Texas. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

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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?

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