Justice not Power

Can Christians advocate for political change without losing the separation of powers (government and religion) that are implicit in our U.S. Constitution? This is a question Charles Colson addressed in his book, Loving God, in writing, “The key to answering this question is to understand that the Christian’s goal is not power, but justice. We are to seek to make the institutions of power just, without being corrupted by the process necessary to do this.” When one considers Colson’s background in politics during the era of the Nixon administration, and his conversion to Christianity in the early 1970’s, his comments on this topic are worthy of our attention.
The New Living Translation of the Bible on Matthew 16:25 quotes Jesus saying, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” If we follow Colson’s thought, those who give up power finally discover that before there was power, there was God’s justice. Our goal as Christians is a more just world, not powerful world.
Pastor Dennis