Not long ago I was in the crossfire of discussion between God-is-where-the-action-is and God-is-where-the-Gospel-is proponents. When a Roman Catholic priest supported the National Council of Churches against criticisms of the corporate church’s active promotion of specific politico-economic legislation, a prominent economist demurred: ecclesiastical endorsement of debatable economic positions, he said, carries an impression that all who hold contrary views are morally inferior.

If a non-Christian is soundly convinced on economic principle that the Church is approving objectionable positions, is he to be discouraged from commitment to Christ because Christianity is promoted as requiring assent to economic fallacies?

In this issue CHRISTIANITY TODAY begins a series of important essays on the Church and political involvement. The first in the series is contributed by Dr. Edmund P. Clowney, who surveys the life and teaching of Jesus and raises the relevant issues.

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