Politics Isn’t Everything, But It’s Not Nothing

Published May 19, 2022

WORLD Opinions

As an ethics professor, I’m in the business of answering questions on virtually every controversial topic under the sun. Not a day goes by where I’m not asked a question about how Christians should think about a given controversy and how to fix it.

Lately, I’ve found myself giving an explanation to these questions that, previously, I might not have immediately offered. A generation of Christian leaders who, sometimes rightly, were worried that believers cared too much about earthly kingdoms and not enough about God’s kingdom has warned against any overt Christian political involvement. In reacting against the excesses of some Christian political engagement, I fear that we’ve thrown the baby out with the bathwater. It’s time to think more deeply about the positive role that shaping political power can play in serving all.

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Andrew T. Walker is the managing editor of WORLD Opinions and serves as associate professor of Christian ethics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a fellow with The Ethics and Public Policy Center. He resides with his family in Louisville, Ky.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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