Wheaton College political science professor Amy Black has floated a radical idea in the latest issue of The Table, the online journal of Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought. “Even though so many voices in contemporary politics are arrogant and angry,” Black notes, “followers of Christ don’t have to join the hateful chorus.”
If you don’t recognize her name, Black is the author of Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace and Reason. I highly recommend it to any believer wrestling with the question of how to think Christianly about our current political climate. And if you can’t make the time to add yet another book to your reading list, at least check out her short essay here. Black draws from Phillippians 2 and I Corinthians 13 to make her case for humility and offers some practical suggestions as to what humility in the public sphere might look like. In our current political climate we are bombarded with voices that brainwash us into demonizing political opponents, who pander to our arrogance and our insecurity by telling us that those who disagree with us are either evil or stupid (or both). In contrats, Black exhorts us to listen carefully and lovingly to those with whom we disagree and to be willing to think charitably about their motives. In our current political context, these are radical recommendations, indeed.
And to Christians who reply that her advice is naive and impractical, Black has a simple response: “Our call as followers of Christ is not first and foremost to win an election or policy battle. Our fundamental calling is to love God and neighbor; its not about winning or losing in earthly politics.”
Like I said, pretty radical stuff. Your thoughts?