Last night Jim Skillen, director of the Center for Public Justice, spoke at my church. He talked about the historical/philosophical background of American politics, which I guess I missed in college. Particularly interesting to me was that the idea of looking at government as retributive and negative comes mostly from Locke and others who saw man’s freedom and free will as chief, and therefore gov’t only comes in to “police” those who can’t police themselves.
He talked about another view being that gov’t is part of God’s will for the world, and all of the governmental images in the Bible, something else I guess I hadn’t really considered. And appearantly many others haven’t either, since he talked about just how apathetic and uninvolved most Americans are, Christian or otherwise.
Another interesting thought he put out there was that as Christians, we’re big on signing things and drafting documents, but actually doing very little beyond that.
Then today there were between 50,000 and 100,000 people protesting and marching today in San Jose, in regards to the immigration debate. Having a news helicopter hovering over my apartment made me wonder why the marchers were so effectively mobilized and united, and Christians can’t seem to come together on anything.
And I wonder if it doesn’t come down to self-interest. Like if there was an issue that threatened the freedom or livelihood of the Christian community, would something be done?