Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Summer 2016, "Being Christian and a Citizen"
The early Brethren in Christ believed in being separated from the world, including politics, so they did not vote. Times have changed, however, and now the vast majority of Brethren in Christ people in the U.S. vote in national, state, and local elections. We want to influence the system in the direction of the values we consider important, such as the common good, justice, peace, compassion, care for people who are disadvantaged and marginalized both here and elsewhere in the world, care for the earth, stewardship of resources, respect for the essential dignity and worth of everyone, and so on. At the same time, we need to be aware of the danger of putting too much trust in the political system and not enough in things of more eternal significance, and of seriously compromising our values.This edition of Shalom! features a variety of perspectives on what it means to be both a Christian and a citizen of an earthly kingdom, especially given our separatist Anabaptist heritage, and challenges us to remember where our ultimate allegiance resides and that no matter what happens, God is in control.