We’re talking faith and politics today! Whether or not faith plays a role in your politics, it is impossible to escape the role the Christian faith has played in politics in recent years. And if you’ve never contemplated to what degrees church and state are and should be separated, it’s worth considering. My guest is Cody Cook. Cody is a theology graduate student living in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of three books and the host of the podcast Cantus Firmus which explores theological questions as they relate to the wider culture. Cody and I discussed what the Bible says about the role the Church plays within the state, the lenses each side tends to view the world through, and how we can be political but not partisan with our faith.
Year of Action steps:
If you are a person of faith, regardless of your political leanings I challenge you this week to consider ways in which your politics may only be benefit a specific group of people rather than the whole, particularly if those people are people who agree with and think like you? How might your politics expand to benefit people who are different from you? How can we hold more loosely to our partisan politics in the name of speaking truth to power? And I mean this deeply for both sides, not just Republicans or Democrats.
If you are not a person of faith and you want to understand more how faith influences politics on both sides of the aisle, I’d encourage you to start listening to The Pantsuit Politics ladies. Both are Christian women whose faith informs their politics even though they ascribe to different parties. I think they give a good picture of how faith can influence politics in the best ways.
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