Random thought(s) here on Christianity as it relates to Government. As much as NPR would love you to think that Christians want to implement a theocracy, the truth is that views on church state relations vary widely within conservative Christian groups. I have been asking myself what the reaction would be (primarily from other Christians) to the formation of an explicitly Christian political party? My guess is that such a party would be seen as misguided and perhaps even rank error by many (on both the left and right). The idea of political involvement would be strongly affirmed but the idea of tying a political party to the name of Christ would certainly be denounced by many.
Now, try to imagine a vicious barbarian king who has conquered a vast kingdom. One day he converts to Christianity and everything changes. He sends out an announcement to all of his kingdom that from now on he will apply principles of justice and government according to God’s word. He affirms that the government will now be a “Christian” government. If we could look forward 100 years we see that the king and all of his successors actually abide by that promise.
So here are few questions to think about. I don’t have the answers, this is just the sort of scenario I like to carry around when I think about these things.
- Putting aside possible constitutional issues is it wrong (Biblically) to form a Christian political party? If yes, why? Ignore historical precedence also, even if 1000 attempts have failed that would not technically make it wrong Biblically.
- Was the barbarian king wrong to do what he did? If yes, why?
- If you answered yes and no, explain the difference in reasoning.