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Speaking Truth to Power

Here are some political quotes by preachers and theologians that I have found helpful. Some of these quotes should be taken more serious than others, but there is an element of truth in all of them.

“We are satisfied that voting does much more harm to the church than dancing does.” David Lipscomb

“The effort of man to live without God, and to govern the world, resulted in confusion and strife from the beginning. It brings strife, war and desolation still…All the wars and conflicts of earth, all the desolation, ruin and blood-shed, between separated nations, or distinct peoples, are the fruits of human government. The government of God breaks down divisions among those who accept it, and brings peace and complete union to all who submit to his rule.” David Lipscomb

“The chief occupation of human governments from the beginning has been war…All the wars and strifes between tribes, races, nations, from the beginning until now, have been the result of man’s effort to govern himself and the world, rather than to submit to the government of God.” David Lipscomb

“I watch the political process pretty much as I watch baseball. I have a favorite team, but I know that ultimately it makes no difference who wins. I gave up on politics offering any hope for the world’s problems a long time ago. It’s an illusion, a mirage.” Will D. Campbell

“It is the mark of our whole modern history that the masses are kept quiet with a fight. They are kept quiet by the fight because it is a sham-fight; thus most of us know by this time that the Party System has been popular only in the sense that a football match is popular.” G.K. Chesteron

“The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of the Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes from being corrected.” G.K. Chesterton

“Unfortunately, elections in America have so little to do with people. I mean, we elect commercials now. And so I think Christians in the kind of political season we’re in should view it all, not necessarily with cynicism, but with an appropriate realism about why this isn’t decisive for a people. In some ways I can be very cynical about contemporary politics. It seems to me it’s analogous to the Roman circus, namely, it’s entertainment to keep the populace consumed by distraction in a way that they’re not really, in any way, ready to engage in the kind of real work necessary to do something about the world in which we find ourselves. So, it’s entertainment.” Stanley Hauerwas

“God’s vision for society is not some version of Caesar’s kingdom—to which Pilate and Herod and Caiaphas all swear allegiance—but the alternative society of the kingdom of God arranged around the cross as an axis of love. Jesus was not trying to give the world the best version of Caesar’s kingdom; he was giving the world the kingdom of God! And this kingdom is distinguished for its capacity to produce peace. This is why Jesus refused to be drawn into any of the many heated political controversies of his day. Political controversies were simply irrelevant to what Jesus was doing in giving the world a radical new alternative.” Brian Zahnd

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