Markers of a church planting movement #9: (a)Political

Markers of a church planting movement #9: (a)Political June 27, 2013

This is the ninth and FINAL post in a series exploring the broad vision for our church plant in Seattle. If you want to know more about that project, check out my Church Plant category :-)  For the rest of this specific series, go here.



The kingdom of God isn’t directionally challenged; it transcends “left” or “right” dichotomies. Following Jesus is certainly political, but not in the sense that the media often portrays.

  • Many in our communities will have various forms of “progressive” political ideologies because of their commitment to social justice. These folks have likely been influenced by Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, and Ron Sider. With that said, it should also be noted that such folks are for social justice and yet remain committed to the unborn. As has often been said, these people are ‘pro-life from the womb to the tomb.’
  • Ultimately, most folks in our communities will likely be what some consider as “Christian anarchists.” This means that we have no King but Christ and offer him our full allegiance. The role of the Christian in politics is ultimately to be part of a Christian community that offers an alternative way of organizing and speaking truth to power when justice is neglected.
  • We resist any inclination towards nationalism as we are not willing to put the deeds of America in the same category as anything that we call “Christian.” The cross and the sword must remain divorced. We pledge allegiance to Jesus only.
  • Here’s a post that gives a glimpse into such a political vision: Speak Truth. Be Truth. That’s It!


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  • Ya know, I wish that even established churches could take this stance more easily… We’re coming up on the 2013 Mennonite Church USA convention and, as has been the case in the past, I expect to hear about “political activism” and “resolutions” and such and see folks talking about “speaking to Washington” etc…

    I have no problem with a prophetic voice to the powers… but it must be a prophetic voice spoken out of a prophetically formed community… if the community itself is not established and living as you said, Christ as King, then how can we say we have a stance upon which to speak to the powers and principalities around us? I don’t think we should divorce ourselves entirely from the world and be “the quiet in the land”, but I think our interactions with those national, state, and local powers needs a re-examination to become less about supporting candidates and parties and more about speaking about the Living Word and the Gospel.