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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:36 PM

Faith and Life -- What does religion say about politics?

Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. We have room for just a few in each column, and so we will publish in a rotation. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you are a faith leader and would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.
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Faith and Life -- What does religion say about politics?
Rattlesnake Hill at sunrise

Author: Stan Latttin

Rev Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC

www.epworthfallon.org, 775-423-4714

In-person worship Sunday mornings at 9:00am, sermon at 9:30am on Facebook Live and KVLV Radio AM980

Politics is a frustrating thing when we demonize and misrepresent each other to score political points, damaging each other and our country in the process. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We are told that Christians – especially pastors – shouldn’t talk about politics, but from my perspective we must be part of those conversations. Not to insist that our opinion is right, but to bring Christ and Christ-likeness into the conversation. With God’s help, we can do the critically important work of listening and speaking carefully, empathetically, and honestly, always seeking the truth and one another’s greatest good. After all, it is in teaching how to handle conflict that Jesus said, “When 2 or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” Matthew 18:20


Adam Bayer, base chaplain Naval Air Station Fallon

Past and current messages on Facebook (Naval Air Station Fallon Chapel), which live streams Sunday mornings at @10:25.

*The views or opinions expressed herein are solely his, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense or the United States government.

The near-constant disagreement between parties suggests at least one side is (mostly) wrong on any issue. Such disagreements indicate humanity has yet to reach a consensus on right and wrong. Christian religion suggests humanity will never wholly do what is right because humanity is not right. Consequently, Christians must realize that no party will always take the correct side. Rather than fully identifying with one party or another, maybe we seek to identify with the God who sets a perfect standard and loves the world enough to send His Son. Perhaps then, we may find the ability to support and challenge political leaders according to issues, rather than party sides. After all, elected officials are our leaders, regardless of what we think of them.


Pastor Brennen Behimer, Parkside Bible Fellowship

www.parksidebible.com, 775-423-3855

On-site worship services Sunday mornings at 10:15am

Our political persuasion stems from our ultimate values, which in turn stem from what we believe to be ultimate truth. As a result, our religious beliefs profoundly impact our political leanings. For biblical Christians, that means our political views are rooted in love for the Triune God and for our neighbor. These are rooted in our convictions about God's holiness, human sinfulness, and the redemption available through faith in Christ alone. Thus, we value political positions that reward holiness, goodness, and justice while punishing and deterring evil and lawlessness. Furthermore, we support positions that value human life and dignity because God created that life and valued it enough to send His Son Jesus as a man to die as a substitute for sinners.


Aaron Holt, High Councilor, Fallon South Stake

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, www.churchofjesuschrist.org
In these unprecedented times, we can follow the council of Paul as found in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. Paul suggests we pray for our political leaders so that we can live “...quiet and peaceable...” lives. We can also pray to know what to do when we are faced with difficult decisions. We are promised guidance from the Holy Spirit if we do so. Let’s pray for our leaders, and for the strengthening and enabling power of the Atonement of Christ to take hold in our lives so that we can feel our Savior’s love, peace, and guidance.