Second Sunday of Epiphany – January 15, 2023

Holy Trinity Church – Tom Mount


Scripture reading: Romans 13:1-5


  • Three contributing factors to our present situation
  1. Our collective amnesia about our nation’s Christian history and founding values.
  2. The Church’s abdication of its essential role in informing public policy.
  3. The unprecedented government overreach occasioned by COVID but motivated by deeper ideological commitments like humanism, globalism, Statism and critical theory (e.g., WEF, BLM, DEI in HR, ESG metrics in investments).
  • We will be largely judged by future generations based on how we respond to the spiritual and Constitutional crises facing our nation.

Three basic models for Christian political involvement

  1. Total control of government (theocracy) – Predynastic Israel, Münster Anabaptists, Christian Reconstructionism
  • Teaches that God (or a god, Allah) is king and his “law” rules
  • Note: this only works when God is physically present (Eden, New Earth). Also, God uses intermediaries (divine council, angels, saints).
  1. Total disinvolvement from government – JWs, Amish, Quakers, ACLU
  • Teaches that religion and politics should never be mixed.
  • Neglects human vocation: Gen 1:26-28
  • Limits God’s interests to human souls
  • Restricts “love your neighbor” to personal interactions vs. policy decisions.
  1. Significant engagement with government
  • Privileges obedience, expresses gratitude, demonstrates love in tangible ways
  • Presupposes “sphere sovereignty”: God creates spheres of influence: family, business, education, government, Church, etc. (Rom 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-14)


Principles to guide our involvement

  1. Own our failures. Proverbs 28:13. Take responsibility. Sincerely apologize and ask forgiveness. Then move on. No person or nation defined by its worst mistakes.
  2. Honor our uniqueness. Celebrate our unique Constitutional republic with its biblical foundations. It should be a source of pride and point of obedience. Deut 8:11-14.
  3. Be political but not partisan. Insist on truth across the board. Evaluate candidates and policy based on scriptural principles. Joshua 5:13-14.
  4. Get in the game! Study the issues, vote wisely, speak out, get to work! Beyond that: give money, work for campaigns, run for office. Don’t give up. Galatians 6:9.

Action points

  1. Inform yourself using good information intelligence. Don’t rely on Wiki, Reddit or mainstream media sources. Dig. Cross-check. Discuss. 1 Chronicles 12:32.
  2. Pray both individually and in a group. Be intentional, specific and faithful. Join us Fridays in the sanctuary during the lunch hour 12-1. 1 Timothy 2:1-2.

A few suggested resources

  • Short videos:
  • Longer videos: Uncommon Knowledge with David Robinson, Victor Davis Hanson
  • Monthly publication: “Imprimis”, by Hillsdale College
  • Booklet: Biblical Principles for Political Engagement by David Closson
  • Book: The Myth of Separation by David Barton
  • Book: We Will Not Be Silenced by Erwin Lutzer
  • Book: Politics According to the Bible by Wayne Grudem