Because our citizenship is of another kingdom and our allegiance is to another king, Christian engagement in the politics of our world should be shaped by the ethics and hope of the kingdom of Jesus.
Each week we will have a round table discussion to expand on our conversation from Sunday's sermon. Listen here
- There are few subjects that cause people to become more heated and opinionated than the subject of politics. Why do you think we struggle so much in having a productive conversation about our politics?
- When the love of Jesus takes root in our lives we will be among the least offended and most loving people in the world. Among the Christians that you know, in what ways have you found this to be true? In what ways have you found it untrue?
- Even Christians can manipulate the truth in politics and become willing participants in spin—we baptize our own agendas while demonizing the opposition through caricature. When you’ve seen this occur, what were some of the outcomes? How does this keep us from the practical work of loving our neighbors?
- When it comes to rulers and kingdoms, Jesus sides with himself. What is your initial response to the idea that Jesus is neither conservative nor liberal, yet he is also both? What kind of identity is given to those who follow him as an exile in this land? (1 Peter 2:9)
- Christianity has been historically most potent through countercultural acts of love, justice, and service for the common good rather than through a powerful majority. How does this make sense in light of what we ought to be ‘proclaiming’ in the gospel? (2:9) How ought your conduct in politics make it difficult for your neighbors to make sense of you according to worldly categories?
- How can "doing good" cause our critics to glorify God and even silence them? (2:12, 15) Even if our critics never glorify God and continue with their criticism, why should our conduct matter? (3:15-17)
- We should be more aligned with those who share our faith but not our politics even more than those who share our politics. Where have your passions and political values shaped conversations in such a way that caused division within your family, friendships, and our church? Who do you need to be reconciled with even if you remain on opposite sides of an issue?
- Peter encourages that we honor governing authorities, who are “sent by him”. How can you show respect to our political leaders even when you think they are wrong? What good could praying ‘thy Kingdom come’ bring to our country and your soul?