Some will argue that the Church has no business in contemporary politics. However, it was God’s design to institute national government, with the purpose of bringing order into society. Further, it was God’s design to institute His Church, which is pre-eminent in society, to shepherd the lives of the Disciples of Christ to influence society. If this is the case, then God not only seeks personal salvation but the social transformation of all places, through His Church and its influence on the political government of the day.
Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it sounds because some of those who allegedly speak out for the Church contribute to the voices of discord that permeate our political arena. Some of those voices clamor for ignoring the heart and character of those aspiring to the highest office of the land. They clamor for what they deem is important, which is a show of bolster and outward swagger to bring security and prosperity to the American. There is no assured security outside “the Word” that became “flesh” and dwelt amongst us. Therefore, these alleged voices are not the voice of the Church. The Church is the bride of Christ and its voice should be one voice with the voice of Christ. This necessitates the rephrasing of the question: where is the voice of the true Church?
The voice of the Church should advocate effectively, as this enables the Church act strategically. The voice of the Church should denounce the voices of deceit permeating our political campaigns, where one thing is said on Wall Street, within the corridors of corporate power; and another on Main Street. Where there is a “No Street” for communities within dilapidated infrastructures that reflect failed and broken promises; and a people unfulfilled that are best forgotten, not by the system but by people in power. This is where the mandate of the Church lies, and here is where the voice of the Church is needed the most – to advocate for those who are marginalized, oppressed and best forgotten.
Jesus was born into a life of deprivation to identify with the injustices done to the deprived. His kingdom’s message was to bring good news to the poor and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18). Through the power of His love He overcomes the trials and travails of oppression and injustice.
Therefore, the voice of the Church needs to resonate within the political arena to inform all that the right relationship with God is not possible where the welfare of the wider community is ignored. That God’s Love allows us the experience of sharing our mutual worth and value as humans.