Faith & Politics Class – Session 1

The unpopular choices in this year’s presidential election are causing Christians to seriously rethink how they engage politics for the first time in a generation. This class weaves together scripture, theology, and history to help us hear how God is calling us to participate in the public square today. Rather than focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of candidates, the class unpacks the assumptions we hold about faith and politics, why we hold them, and what it means to cast our vote in faith rather than fear.

This first class was held on October 16, 2016, at Wellspring Alliance Church in Wheaton, Illinois. There will be five classes in total. Each week the latest class will be posted here.

Topics covered in this class session include:

Welcome & why this class? (0:00)

Politics vs. partisanship (4:04)

Why are we so divided? (5:45)

Where I’m coming from (10:40)

Statistics – How are evangelicals voting? (19:15)

Pluralism and the Constitutional Convention of 1787 (27:20)

Four Christian views of government (50:20)

Download Handout: 4 View of Church & Govt


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  • October 24, 2016

    Ryan Forkel

    Unfortunately I don’t live near your church but would love to hear the rest of the class in coming weeks. Not sure if you will be posting it or if it is available somewhere else online (i.e. YouTube, etc).
    Thanks for your insight Skye.

  • October 24, 2016

    Shawn Hazel

    Duelist View – I suspect you’ll expand on this more later since you had to share simplified definitions of the church and government views.

    I would contend with you on at least two points. In the duelist view, the government does good and it is a real good, however the government should not be about promoting salvation (the common goods mentioned in the video were not about salvation either, not really virtue-creating). Civil righteousness is a real good but without direct eternal implications. In contrast, people destroyed by anarchy or oppressed into lifeless mechanisms do not know the civil good that a government should be accomplishing.

    Secondly, the duelist view does not promote a distance from the government only an expectation about what it can accomplish. Martin Luther’s teaching on vocation points us to involvement in the government as one of our callings from God. In whatever way a government is set up to involve it’s citizens, we ought to be involved because God calls us to be there in the work of being a good neighbor.

    Obviously two paragraphs don’t overcome simplification either but I felt compelled to respond, thanks for the study, look forward to future videos.

  • October 25, 2016


    Thanks for posting the video of your class to your site along with the class handouts. Looking forward to the future weeks’ videos.

  • October 25, 2016

    Bruce Gaylord

    There is one thing I’d like you to clarify – when you talk about churches being more involved in politics, are you talking only about issues with a have a moral/Christian aspect such as racism, abortion and civil rights or are you also including those without an obvious ‘Christian’ view, such as minimum wage, the proposed amendment to the Illinois Constitution or your example in the class ‘where to build the school? If you’re including both, I can see a pastor taking a position on the ‘non moral’ but controversial issues being divisive unless he’s real clear about taking off his pastor hat and not speaking for the church.

  • October 26, 2016

    Chad Eddy

    Skye, the following article showed up in my memories feed on Facebook. I shared it last election style because I agreed with it. Upon rereading the article I still agree, though I would change the word “politics” to “partisan politics”. I’m curious about your responses to the article.

  • October 26, 2016

    Casey Erickson

    Thanks Skye! I wish I lived in Wheaton and could come to your class!!! I really appreciate your thoughtful approach to these difficult topics. I’m really looking forward to watching next week’s class. Thank you again.

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