The following post is a reflection on the 10/23/12 lecture by Michael Cromartie, Vice President of Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC.
Michael Cromartie, Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, was on campus on Tuesday, October 23rd to talk about how Christians can effectively engage in the political realm. The event was an interview process, with Dr. Dean Curry as the moderator. Dr. Curry started off the event, after introducing Mr. Cromartie, by remarking that many evangelical Christians were unengaged in politics until President Reagan. The first question Dr. Curry asked relating to politics was if Christians are wrong to engage in politics, and if we should almost live in a world that is separate from politics. Cromartie remarked that Christians often get it wrong in the way they approach politics, in the way we often take a “ready, fire, aim” approach and often fail to take a step back and evaluate situations before we jump into them.
Cromartie argues that a utopia will never happen as a result of politics, and that we will only ever get “partial justice” as a result of politics. He said we are living “in the now but not yet”, and we as Christians should focus on our reward in heaven. We should always vote for the candidate that closely matches our ideals and attempt to provide the most amount of justice here on this earth, but we must realize it will never be perfect.
As Christians, Cromartie advocates the idea that “we ought to be some of the most humble, modest people you’ve ever met”. He does not think that any Christian is called to be brash or hateful in their political reasoning, and he remarked that “words matter” when engaging in political discourse. We were reminded that government is comprehensive, it is not just one man running the show, so we should vote for the man who will best represent our country. As any good political analyst would advocate, Cromartie defends the idea that Christians should read opinions different from their own, in order to garner a more well-rounded point of view on certain issues. It is certainly alright to form our own opinions, but we should educate ourselves so we are not blindly attacking other points of view. Michael Cromartie promotes an effective way for engaging in politics as a Christian, and he has come a long way from the days when he used to be a mascot for the Philadelphia 76ers.