Timothy George’s ‘Thoughts on the Upcoming Election’

Greg Strand – August 29, 2012 7 Comments

Timothy George, “Thoughts on the Upcoming Election,” Colson Center (August 27, 2012)

George serves as the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and chairman of the board of the Colson Center for Worldview. For a number of years, he and Colson would co-write a column for Christianity Today. He is also co-editor with Scott Manetsch, professor of church history at TEDS, of the new series Reformation Commentary on Scripture.

Earlier this year he was asked to address the a group of Southern Baptist pastors regarding the Christian faith and engagement in politics. George was asked a question, which prompted this response: How should an evangelical Christian decide who to support in this election? Below is George’s abbreviated response. (I have included his first sentence and the final exhortation of each of his points.) Please read the whole thing.

  1. We should be grateful to live in a representative democracy where the right to vote and the rule of law are respected. Vote!
  2. The American republic was founded on a clear distinction between church and state, as the First Amendment shows, but this has never meant the separation of faith from public life. Distinguish!
  3. In the Manhattan Declaration, Chuck Colson, Robert George, and I made a public argument, based on biblical wisdom and the right use of reason, that the three most pressing moral issues of our time are the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death, marriage as a lifelong covenantal union of one man and one woman, and religious freedom for all persons. Discern!
  4. There is a difference between Christian discernment and partisan politics. Examine!

Regardless of who wins the election in November, the spiritual and moral issues that ought to inform our political acts will remain on the agenda. Pray!

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

7 responses to Timothy George’s ‘Thoughts on the Upcoming Election’

  1. Thanks Greg – a good resource for our consideration and use. Todd

  2. Greg, thanks for these succinct thoughts from Dr. George. We need wisdom and discernment in this election. The issue of religious freedom really concerns me.

  3. Greg, Thanks for your good and godly work. I started reading Stott’s, Issues Facing Christians Today, this week. Though written in 1984, he has some good insight into Christians engaging society. We must develop a “Christian mind” in the midst of our culture.

  4. Todd, Chuck and Mike, I am grateful to hear George’s words were helpful. I am also glad to be able to provide helpful resources like this for those of you on the front-lines of ministry in the local church. Greg

  5. May I print this article in our monthly church newsletter if I give the reference information of where I got it?

  6. Greg shared some really good things as we approach the election – a good read.

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