There may be times in which public servants find themselves torn between allegiance to God and allegiance to government because of our pluralistic society. How are Christians to successfully govern in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic society?
Recognizing the appropriate role of government in our lives, alongside other institutions like families, businesses, schools and churches, how can we also support, in a distinctive way, those in our congregations who are called to labor in the political arena? And what might that look like? In this article, Jim Talen, a Kent County Commissioner, reflects on his experience with this in his own congregation.
Stephanie Summers, CEO of the Center for Public Justice, recently spoke with James K.A. Smith about his newest book Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology, the culminating book in his acclaimed Cultural Liturgies project. Summers and Smith discussed a wide range of ideas including the deformative powers of culture on us as Christians, our society’s move away from a sense of a shared life together, and how the church can be a community of political formation in which worship is central.