David Lipscomb was a well-known and highly regarded preacher, editor, teacher, author and national leader among Churches of Christ in late 19th and early 20th century America.
Many pen strokes and keyboard taps have since chronicled the life of this godly man and his legacy in our fellowship. Friends Bobby Valentine and John Mark Hicks co-wrote a wonderful book a few years ago entitled Kingdom Come which traced Lipscomb’s (and co-worker James Harding’s) lasting influence among us.
One of Lipscomb’s deeply held convictions prohibited him from participating in any form of the political process. This even extended to voting- which he refused to do. He wrote a widely read book entitled Civil Government to explain his views.
To be sure his approach was unorthodox even during his day and remains so today. Most Christians feel compelled to vote and participate in the political process in some way. Many Christian groups have jumped fully into party politics. I understand this- it does seem to offer a way to make a difference.
But is it worth it? Just look around, things are pretty ugly right now. Politics seem to have a way of sucking the integrity out of everything and everyone involved. Can Christianity really become involved in the political process without being tainted and compromised? Are the political powers-that-be really interested in a Christian viewpoint or do they merely pander to Christian groups in order to get their vote?
Yes, I have become cynical. I do not like what I see in Washington D.C. from any perspective. Most all there seem self-serving and incapable of honesty.
So all of this has got me wondering- was Lipscomb right?
Just thinking out-loud here.