Christian leadership is about standing up for the values and morals of Christ and discipling others to do the same. This is a necessarily political thing because it involves the polis – the people – and how we are to live together. But the Minnesota Council of Churches and our members have never struggled with fulfilling our call to be involved in shaping society and doing so within the broad confines of existing law.
The reality of the American mission field in which God has placed us is that we live in a pluralistic society and a multicultural democracy. This is a good thing. There are so many things that could divide us. The church seeks to be a source of unification and peace. This is why the Minnesota Council of Churches developed Respectful Conversations – community events that help people empathize with each other. These are conversations designed not to change minds, but soften hearts.
As much as God has given us a vision for the just world we are called to co-create – a world where the hungry are fed, the naked clothed, and the stranger welcomed – no one religious group should run our nation. It was not designed for that. We don’t want the ability to violate the Johnson amendment. It’s not hard to obey. The rule that we struggle to follow – both because it is simple and because it can be so very, very hard – is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.