Politics in the Pulpit: A Way to Particularize the Gospel

Ronald K. Johnson

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 7/1/1988

Paired Article (Face to Face): Politics in the Pulpit: A Way to Supplant the Gospel

Issue: Our National Self-Understanding (Vol. 8, No 3, Summer, 1988)

Preaching the Word of God—bearing witness to the continuing acts and promises of God—may well require that one specifically address the political dimensions of life. By political I refer to the processes through which people in communities (large and small) establish priorities and implement policies and decisions. Moreover, the term political points to the relationships that exist among people, institutions, communities, and nations. Justification for including reference to things political in preaching is, in my view, at least threefold.

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