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As I travel around the area talking about immigration reform, a common response is the fear the church will become too “political”.

I get it—we’re living in trying times, where everyone is polarized and few are willing to listen. Both sides are guilty of ideological warfare that leaves many uninterested and unwilling to come anywhere close to what they think might be a political discussion.

The problem? Immigration IS political.

So, too, is Christianity. How can it not be? We’re entering into a season where the most recited biblical text begins “In the days of Caesar Augustus…” Put differently, “In the days of the son of the gods who brought peace and good tidings to all people is born the true Son of God.” It doesn’t get much more political than Luke 2.

Maybe we can’t see the politics of the gospels because they talk about God’s reign as a kingdom and not a democratic republic, or because Paul uses the title Lord instead of president or prime minister. Regardless of what it’s called, the meaning is the same—God calls us to a new way of life in this world. This world matters, which means the gospel IS political. It just doesn’t have to be partisan.

The Reformed Journal and The Twelve have been criticized from all sides. Conservative voices think we’re a bastion of liberalism. Liberals think we don’t go far enough. Good. There are other places to find much more conservative and liberal perspectives. We believe Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, which makes us conservative. We also believe in the life giving power of Christ’s death and resurrection to bring change and transformation—for some that makes us liberal. We take this stand non-apologetically, willing to engage multiple perspectives and voices. This is why our blog readership has continued to grow. It’s why we believe the Reformed Journal matters.

In the near future our plan is to launch a more robust website to complement the blog—a place for more nuanced pieces addressing a variety of issues.

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Jason Lief

Dr. Jason Lief teaches courses in Christian education and youth ministry. A Northwestern College graduate, he served as the chaplain for Pella (Iowa) Christian High School while earning a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College Graduate School. He also completed a doctorate in practical theology from Luther Seminary. He previously taught theology and youth ministry at Dordt College for 10 years. Dr. Lief is the author of “Poetic Youth Ministry: Loving Young People by Learning to Let Them Go” and "Christianity and Heavy Metal as Impure Sacred Within the Secular West: Transgressing the Sacred.”

One Comment

  • Pam Adams says:

    Jason, I agree Christianity is political. This is creating a lot of difficulties for conservatives and for the very liberal. However it is present in our own churches because there are conservative and very liberal people in them. We need to be kind to all even those who don’t see the political connections. Keep on posting about the issue.

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