I had a great time at The Family Leadership Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Speakers included Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Charles Grassley, Steve King, and Bob Vander Plaats. See Des Moines Register coverage here.
I went into the event being nervous that it would primarily be a get-out-the-vote for Republicans (Romney is the Christian choice?) and a cacophony of criticism of President Obama. While some of this was present, I was pleasantly surprised that there was much more.
On some public issues the “Christian” position is debatable. For example, what is the right way to provide for health care for the needy? Good Christian people debate issues like this. We should offer Biblical solutions and perspectives to key issues that our nation is facing. However, there are some public issues that we should be united on:
- The biblical position on life is clear. We should not have to participate in supporting or paying for abortions. We should actively protect innocent life and use the power of the state to stop the killing of the innocent.
- We should not have to participate in supporting and paying for people to indoctrinate our children in another faith. We should take responsibility for educating our own children in the faith.
- We should not have our freedom of religion and freedom of speech suppressed. The government should protect these rights, not be the agent that is suppressing them.
To ignore these and other issues because it will distract the church with politics, is shirking the responsibility to shepherd congregations to be salt and light in the world. It is ok for church leadership to talk about these issues, and even necessary to properly equip the saints.
How about you? What are some other public policy issues that Christians should be united on?
At the conference there were at least eight premises made that I disagree with, here.