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Spring 1985 · Vol. 14 No. 1 · p. 26 

We Recommend: Conference Resolutions Regarding Political Involvement

Mennonite Brethren General Conference

1890

That members of the church refrain from participation and involvement in the contentions of political parties, but are permitted to vote quietly at elections, and may also vote for “prohibition”

(General Conference Yearbook, 1890, p. 107).

1966

. . . the following practical guidelines regarding a political involvement:

  1. We believe that we should pray for those holding political authority that we may live in peace and quietness (2 Tim. 2:1-2).
  2. We believe that the chief concern of all Christians should be the extension of the Kingdom of Christ. Political involvement can easily become an “entanglement” which defeats this purpose (Matt. 6:33; 2 Tim. 2:4; Matt. 28:18-20).
  3. We believe that government is of God, but that the church should not attempt to ally itself with any specific political ideology or political party, since none is intrinsically Christian (Rom. 13:1-7).
  4. We believe that the defense of the political order in general or of a specific political system is not the responsibility or duty of the Christian church (John 18:36).
  5. We believe that the church and its members individually should be constructively critical of the political order, always seeking to promote justice, respect for human dignity, and conditions of peace (James 5:1-6; 1 Peter 3:13-17).
  6. We believe that “super-patriotism” and “militant nationalism” are unbecoming to a Christian. We believe that as Christians we are called to a higher calling and that our primary allegiance is to a heavenly kingdom. Christians ought not to give undivided loyalty to any political unit (Phil. 3:20; Col. 1:13).
  7. We believe that it is proper for Christians to vote, to exert influence on governmental officials (provided that neither means nor ends are unchristian), and also under special conditions to stand for political office if neither the attempt to gain the position or the exercise of its functions requires a compromise of Christian ethics (Col. 3:17) (General Conference Yearbook, 1966, pp. 23-25).

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