The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Politics and religion

Is advocacy part of the church's mission?

Thank you for Lynette Lamb's excellent overview of the Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs and its critics (November, page 48). Christian social involvement is deeply embedded in biblical thought. The Torah consistently favors those who are oppressed by social and economic fortuity. The prophets railed against both impiety and injustice, regarding them as interconnected. It was to these sources that Jesus turned when he proclaimed God's kingdom as the hope for Israel in the face of Roman occupation and temple collaboration. In an ideal world, democratic public policy would be shaped by high-minded, community-spirited citizens whose motives are imbued with religious values. But in reality, American public policy too often reflects the private interests of wealthy and powerful corporations whose motives contradict the welfare of the common people. In light of its biblical and Reformation heritage, the Protestant church would be derelict if it didn't protest social injustice and stand for social reform in every generation.

Ted Erickson
Jeanette, Pa.

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