October 2-3, Rendering to Caesar and God: Politics and the Kingdom of God
On October 2-3 Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village is hosting a special forum on the relationship between faith and politics called Rendering to Caesar and God: Politics and the Kingdom of God. This special forum is free to attend, and since it will be hosted over Zoom it isn’t limited to folks in NYC There will be lots of space for Q & A with the speakers (Kirk van der Swaagh of Neighborhood Church and Nick Nowalk), as well as for small group discussion in breakout rooms. We hope to see many of you there!
Mark Twain once opined, “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” Not a very positive view of those who serve in the halls of government! But despite the failures of many who have filled the role, politicians cannot be done away with. God has ordained that government exist and we must respect and respond to that fact. But what are God’s expectations for those who exercise political influence under His sovereignty? Is there room for criticism from the church? For support and advocacy? Or should the church always strive to remain neutral? What resources are available to the Christian to evaluate whether or not a man or a woman in political office is doing the job they were called to do?
The upcoming seminar, Rendering to Caesar and God: Politics and the Kingdom of God, looks to offer a biblical perspective on the meaning and use of political power. From Eden to the New Jerusalem, political language is used to express God’s intentions for his creation and his people. Rule, authority, laws, and judgment are all inescapably present throughout the unfolding story of redemption. It would seem wise, then, to neither abandon nor uncritically embrace involvement in politics, but rather to see it for what it is: a creation of God to be used for his glory and for the betterment of his creation. Politics rightly conceived is a tangible form of loving our neighbors as a manifestation of our love for God. But to both benefit from and speak into the exercise of political power requires wisdom, something that we are told God “gives generously to all without reproach” if we would but ask. The goal of this seminar is to provide the necessary tools so that wisdom can be exercised when engaging one of the most potent and potentially dangerous of human endeavors.
The forum will be held from Friday 7:00-9:00pm and Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm (with a lunch break from noon-1pm). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend. The Zoom link will be emailed out only to those who are signed up.