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In an article titled “How Do Christians Fit into the Two-Party System? They Don’t” (September 29th, 2018) Tim Keller outlines how Christians should approach politics. I will first highlight what I agree with Tim Keller on in his article and then I will point out where we divide on the issues.

To the surprise of many, I actually agree with Tim Keller in the title of his article. I do not believe that Christians fit into a two-party system; to believe this you must resign to Duverger’s Law[i].

Duverger’s Law always leads to choosing “the lesser of two evils” and I believe it is wrong for a Christian to choose evil. I commend Tim Keller in rightly seeing this issue within the political alliances of Christianity in today’s American culture.

I also agree with Keller that it is not enough for Christians to simply just “preach the gospel” and ignore politics, as he is correct in saying “Those who avoid all political discussions and engagement are essentially casting a vote for the social status quo.” Once again, I commend him on seeing the problem within Christianity, but it is not enough to simply see the problem, we must also have the correct solution. As Tim Keller starts to highlight solutions, my view and his view start to dramatically divide.

What one chooses not to say often speaks louder than what one actually says, this certainly is the case for Tim Keller.

In his article Keller writes, “Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one.”

Now I can half-way agree with this statement, but we cannot forget context. The whole premise of the article is toward a two-party system and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Keller is speaking of the Republican and Democratic parties in our culture.

Though I agree we should not call either of these parties a Christian party, biblically, it is impossible to call the Democratic party a “Christian Party” due to their stance on abortion and homosexual marriage.

I am not saying that the Republican party doesn’t have its warts; rather, I say this to highlight basic Christian morality. I find it quite telling that throughout his entire article Keller conveniently avoids the topic of abortion and, perhaps, only vaguely refers to homosexuality and it is clear Keller implies it is not only possible but right for a Christian to support the Democratic party despite their rejection of the Bible concerning imago dei[ii]as it relates to murdering babies and the only rightful institution God gave the world for creating lives – Holy Matrimony between one man and one woman.

Simply put, Keller is avoiding the two most important issues that face Christians in politics today and is misleading the general public who may have an interest in becoming Christians.

There are a couple of topics that Keller does repeatedly touch on though: wealth redistribution (he refers to it as helping the poor) and racism. As Keller touches on giving relief to the poor he claims that the solution is not found in “biblical command but of practical wisdom”. Keller states:

However, there are many possible ways to help the poor. Should we shrink government and let private capital markets allocate resources, or should we expand the government and give the state more of the power to redistribute wealth? Or is the right path one of the many possibilities in between? The Bible does not give exact answers to these questions for every time, place and culture.

I disagree that the Bible is silent on this issue as the Bible clearly states, “Thou shalt not steal”[iii]. When relieving the poor, it must be done through Christian charity, not by compulsion or the Christian is violating the Ten Commandments, this means that to be compatible with the Bible, Christians must vote against giving the state more power to redistribute wealth. After all a government is just an inanimate function of orders, restrictions, processes, and systems. A government cannot cry. It does not feel. It does not have flesh. A government is incapable of charity, and certainly incapable of Christian charity. Keller goes on to write about “package-deal ethics”. He states:

This emphasis on package deals puts pressure on Christians in politics. For example, following both the Bible and the early church, Christians should be committed to racial justice and the poor, but also to the understanding that sex is only for marriage and for nurturing family. One of those views seems liberal and the other looks oppressively conservative. The historical Christian positions on social issues do not fit into contemporary political alignments.

I have no issue with the topics Keller brings up, but he is advocating that the Republican party is against the poor and is racist. These accusations are simply untrue. The Republican party simply believes that capitalism is the best way to alleviate the poor (previously in the article he sighted this as a Christian liberty) and doesn’t believe that Critical Race Theory and intersectionality is the means to “racial justice”.

What Keller has done with the previous quote is demonize the Republican party by calling them oppressive (“oppressively conservative”) and imply that they are racist and didn’t care about the poor. It is noteworthy that Keller did not have harsh words toward the Democrat party as their view just seemed “liberal” not oppressively liberal.

Keller points out two common conclusions that Christians come to that he rejects, “So Christians are pushed toward two main options. One is to withdraw and try to be apolitical. The second is to assimilate and fully adopt one party’s whole package in order to have your place at the table.”

I agree with him that neither of these options are acceptable. To become apolitical is to be a poor steward of what God has given us in this nation, and each person we vote for should be determined on an individual basis.

The issue that Keller once again ignores is that at the foundation of the Democrat party is a rejection of our God-given right to life and a corruption of God’s design for marriage.

Though voting Republican may not always be an acceptable answer for Christians; unless there is repentance in the Democrat party, voting Democrat is never the answer for Christians.

[i]Duverger’s Law holds that plurality-rule elections structured within single-member districts tend to favor a two-party system.

[ii]Image of God

[iii]Exodus 20:15

Author: Sam Jones

Pastor Sam completed an intense pastoral internship at Hagerman Baptist Church and served as a chaplain at Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls, Iowa before accepting the call to pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Hudson, Iowa. He loves people and his goal is to make disciples of Christ by personally, prayerfully, and persistently investing the Word of God into others.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Both Keller and Jones overlook the most crucial issue: the two-party system was born of the biblically seditious Constitution based upon the capricious man-made traditions of a cadre of Enlightenment and Masonic theistic rationalists. The constitutional framers in turn usurped Yahweh’s exclusive election authority (per Deuteronomy 17:10 & 17) and turned it over to We the People, the majority of whom, according to Matthew 7:13-14, are in the broad way leading to destruction.

    Dumb idea! Where do you think the broad-way bunch will take America but to the precipice of moral destruction and depravity?

    Add to that, Article 6’s Christian test ban, by which mandatory Biblical qualifications were eliminated, and it was inevitable that we would end up with nothing but nincompoops, scoundrels, incompetents, immoral reprobates, and outright criminals for our civil “leaders.”

    For more see online article “Constitutional Elections: Dining at the ‘Devil’s Table'” (at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/constitutional-elections-dining-at-the-devils-table/) followed by “Salvation by Election” (at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/salvation-by-election/). Don’t be fooled by the title.

  2. Even with the prophets, Israel did not follow as Yahweh instructed and we will never have
    true leadership until our king Yahshua comes, which will be in a few short years. There will be
    crying in the streets when the tares are separated from the wheat and are then placed into
    the fire that has been prepared for them! Oh why is it so hard for them to understand the truth
    or maybe I should say why do the not try to read and understand the Sacred Scriptures! Its been a long time Mr. Whelan, and you have been right all along! Did I spell your name right?
    Sincerely, Roger Pervere

  3. It seems that not many really study their Bibles as it states in many places (Kind after Kind) It also states in different places about no race mixing! Race mixing was why they had the flood in Noah’s
    time, and today alone sees race mixing, illicit sex of all kinds, disrespect of parents, etc., etc., and most of all the white people and white Christians do not know who they really are, Oh why is it so hard for them to study the Sacred Scriptures and see that the white race are the true people of Israel, ITS ALL THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE! MY PRAYER TO THEM IS TO PLEASE WAKE UP FROM THEIR SLEEP before its to late!! Sincerely, Roger Pervere

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