John Alan Turner

Speaker, Author, Mentor, Coach, Facilitator

Rules of Engagment for Politics

I want to be involved in the political process of our nation. I know there are some who think this is futile -- some who even think this may be contrary to our faith. I disagree. I think much good can be done from such engagement. However, I must always remember that my ultimate goal, my greatest desire, the thing that keeps me going when nothing else will, is to see God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I want there to be peace, and I want there to be justice. I want poverty to be eradicated, and I want the causes of poverty to be eliminated. I want babies to be born healthy and nurtured and educated well. I want evil to be punished, and I want good to be rewarded.

I want all of these things and more that I don’t have time or space to list here for you.

So, I’ll pursue these things personally, and I’ll involve myself in social/political engagement as well. I’ll encourage others to do likewise. But, as I do, my rules of engagement are these:

(1) I’ll avoid demonizing those with whom I disagree;

(2) I’ll entertain the possibility that I may be wrong from time to time;

(3) I’ll work with people to find common ground.

After all, I figure if I pursue God’s Kingdom in a way that runs contrary to what I know about the character and nature of Jesus, I’ve undone God’s will for my life.