Over the past several weeks Relevant Magazine has posted three opinion pieces to their website written by Christians explaining why they believe and vote according to certain political principles. These pieces have all been interesting reads. I appreciate Relevant for giving each of these writers space to explain how Christianity has informed their political identities.
The first of the three posts was entitled The Rise of Christian Libertarians and was written by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira. The Republican viewpoint was entitled Why I Am a Christian Republican and was written by Matthew Lee Anderson. Why I Am a Christian Democrat was written by David Masciotra. I appreciate Relevant for publishing these op-eds because it is important for Christians to reflect on how their Faith informs their thoughts and actions in the day-to-day, but also in big thought issues like politics.
The Apostle Peter said, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,” (1 Peter 3:15). Christians have a responsibility to provide answers; First and foremost regarding their salvation through faith in Christ, but also regarding how this faith in Christ transforms and renews our minds (Romans 12:2). Research has shown that far too often it is a person’s politics that changes a person’s perspective on religion. These op-eds in Relevant help Christians remember that it needs to be the other way around. All Christians need to make sure it is faith in Christ first and foremost that informs their thoughts and actions, and we should ensure that we can explain our conclusions to others.