The church has holes in our public witness. We have championed life, marriage, and religious liberty. We have stood up for persecuted Christians, now it’s time for us to more fully and more completely represent the moral dimensions of the Kingdom in our public life. The beauty of Christianity is that there is no area of public or private life that does not have some moral dimension. There are no amoral policies no amoral transactions. Everything we do and say has a moral dimension.
When the church limits itself to a few stances it ultimately truncates the very witness it is called to. For there will be a day where the Kingdom of God is fully realized and that Kingdom will encompass every dimension of life.
While we wait for that day in anticipation, the witness of the church is a signpost of another way of living and another way of doing our common life together. Making that signpost shine clearly is of chief importance.
The church must not be tempted or driven by power and influence, but must use what influence it is given wisely. The church needs to cultivate the public square so that the nature of the church and the nature of Jesus himself is more clearly seen in the way and manner of the people of God. For the church proclaims a king who is King of kings, Lord of lords, President of Presidents, and Lawmaker of lawmakers. Our own actions and lives in the public square need to reflect that reality.
Practically speaking we need to hold our commonality as God’s people more closely than our political identity. We need to let our tradition and scripture more fully shape our notions of our witness in the public realm, and we need to treat those in the body with special dignity and honor, even more highly than we regard our favorite political pundit.
In these times of uncertainty for the church, we need to pray for uncommon unity, wisdom, and grace.