How do Lutherans engage the Government?

With the recent indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide, and the continuing doubts regarding the (mis)use of intelligence prior to the Iraq war, I wonder how we Lutherans can and should engage our government. That is, what is a "Lutheran" basis for lobbying, for advocacy, for government reform?

Lutherans are unique, I think, in the way we look at government. We have a Two Kingdoms perspective that understands that God establishes government to justly order society. Government (and society at large) are not apart from God – rather, they are established by God for a certain purpose. We Lutherans do not (should not) hold an antagonistic perspective towards government.

That said, even though government is established by God, what happens when the government fails in its duty? What constitutes such a failure? Can there be a uniquely "Lutheran" response to governmental misdeeds?  And how do party politics fit into our Lutheran response?

Published by Lutheran Zephyr

Spouse. Parent. Lutheran Pastor. National Guardsman. Political Junkie. Baseball Fan.

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