Read Part One here.
In the movie Inglorious Basterds, Brad Pitt’s character tells a Nazi prisoner his group has taken, “We ain’t in the prisoner-taking business. We’re in the killing Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin’.”
When it comes to the relationship between Church and Politics, we have to ask ourselves, “what business are we in?”
Politicians are in the government-running business. Church, we ain’t in the government running-business. We’re in the healing-redemption-salvation-sanctification business. And business, church-wide, is not exactly booming. It’s not booming partly because too many Church-folk think the Church should be in the government-running business (or at least in the telling-the-government-how-to-run-itself business). We’ve allowed the divisiveness of left-right politics frame the way we live out church life. Some of our churches and pastors sound more like shills for political parties than churches and pastors.
And we need to knock it off.