Tuesday, October 24, 2006

On Danforth's Faith and Politics

I finished reading former U.S. Senator John Danforth's book on Faith and Politics last night. Danforth's political impulses are often more conservative than mine, but his book is filled with succinct quotations putting religion and politics in proper perspective. Here is one of the best:

The American way is not one group having its way. No part of our country can have a monopoly of what is good for the whole. That is why we must be very careful in mixing religion in politics. The idea that God speaks to one group more than others, or that one group uniquely represents the will of God, makes it impossible to give outsiders the sense that they, too, are welcome participants in the life of our country.

Some people have asked me whether America is a Christian country. The answer must be no, for to call this a Christian country is to say that non-Christians are of some lesser order, not fullfledged citizens of one nation.

3 comments:

P.M. Prescott said...

Great quote, agree totally

Roger said...

> for to call this a Christian country is to say that non-Christians are of some lesser order, not fullfledged citizens of one nation.

That would only be true if God's will was that those that didn't believe were to be persecuted or treated as second class citizens. That's not what Christianity is about. So, we don't have to apologize for God and His nature because where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

humblebarfly said...

To suppose "that one group uniquely represents the will of God" is probably to deny in some fashion the notion of "common grace" as well.