Complete separation of faith and politics can be reflected on through history. Early theologians of the church often had a very nonpolitical philosophy. The early church felt obligated to honor the government, but tended to stay away from all political affairs (Bandow 1988, 123). One of the first theologians who created this philosophy was Tertullian. Tertullian states that Christians should have very little contact with the State, refuse to serve in the army, or even participate in state schools. During Tertullian’s time, martyrdom was frequently done. ...
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...its own. It is also dangerous for the state to govern Christian doctrinal views. When politics and faith are only mixed in certain areas, a more fair and balanced approach to government can be formed. It gives religious free will to the people and the great commission is left up to the Church. The one negative consequence can be controlled by Christians participating in the political process. When all aspects of each option are weighed, it can be seen that partly mixing faith and politics is the best option.
Bandow Doug. Beyond Good Intentions. Illinois: Crossway Books, 1988.
Wuthnow Robert. Christianity and Civil Society. Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1996
Hicks Laurel, Thompson George T., Lowman Michael R., Cochran George C.. American Government and Politics in the Christian Perspective. Florida: Beka Book Publications, 1984.
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