The Confessional Faith Provides A Sure Compass in Turbulent Seas of Politics Today

In the TGC article, Neither Progressive nor Conservative: The Politics of a Confessing Evangelical, Steve Bryan addresses the danger for evangelicals in immersing themselves in or identifying with the political poles of progressivism or conservatism. He builds the case that the safe way, the way of truth, can be found in confessional evangelicalism that is grounded on the principle of semper reformanda, always reforming, as the compass for navigating the turbulent and treacherous seas of politics. The focus and locus of the confessional evangelical, then, is on the Truth handed down to us in the Scriptures, and to be ever reforming our lives to it. We are to serve as “prophets” of that truth to the world, with voices, as it were, calling from the wilderness and outside of the halls of political power. He concludes by saying, “What ‘rulers’ need most from evangelicals is not our political support but our clear confession, our loving witness to the God who alone is good, and a commensurate commitment to the good of our neighbors.”

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