Christian political candidates: Possible? Impossible? Barely Impossible?

April 28, 2012

This item comes from Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog.

What’s your view? Is it possible to be a disciple of Jesus and a politician today?

Tim Suttle, on Paul Ryan, gets to this question and then offers a set of options:

Should politicians really be telling theologians what to think?

I wonder if this is even more evidence that 1) you can’t be a politician on the national level and be a Christ follower. It just makes you a walking contradiction. Your party/ideological commitments will force you to do things that your Christian faith won’t allow. 2) If you are following Jesus it will put you at odds with Democrats at some points, and at odds with Republicans at other points. Conversely it will put you in harmony with Democrats at some points and at odds with Republicans at other points. If your primary allegiance is to Christ, you cannot join with either political party.

It was such a compelling conversation that I had to weight in. Follow this link.

Possible? Impossible? Barely Impossible?.


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