A grassroots awakening of political involvement among Christians reminds us of the years preceding the American revolution.

Political activism is not new. It is as old as the American citizen’s freedom to change the government ruling him. But Christians often become so preoccupied with the matters of heaven that they have neglected to shape the world in which they live.

Recently, however, we have witnessed a new wave of Christian activism. Some Christian leaders are calling for activism as forthright as the Boston Tea Party, where angry colonists on December 16, 1773, dressed as Indians and dumped British tea in the Boston harbor as a protest against British taxation. Others believe as fervently that we should work by peaceful and orderly means to shape our government, using the legal processes available to all citizens.

Constitutional lawyer John Whitehead sharpens our awareness of Christian activism and then suggests some specific approaches Christians may use to get involved. CHRISTIANITY TODAY urges biblically instructed Christians to become actively involved in shaping government, working within the context of the Constitution, recognizing that we are ambassadors of Jesus Christ and should conduct ourselves in ways that please him.

Last July I was invited to participate on Moody Radio’s “Open Line” program to state my concern for Christians to be actively involved in all phases of culture, and especially in politics. Our governmental processes, especially those centered in Washington, D.C., have grown out of control.

The reaction of the audience was strong. Calls ranged from Christians who wanted all members of the Supreme Court removed and replaced with Christian judges, to those who encouraged all Christians to register ...

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