Thursday, September 8, 2011

On running for public office

I am a candidate for public office.  I am running for a city council seat in Hopkins MN.  I am also a Lutheran and I want to acknowledge the basis for being involved in civic matters.   Article XVI of the Augsburg Confession confesses:   "Of civil affairs we teach that lawful civil ordinances are good works of God, and that it is right for Christians to hold civil office, to sit as judges, to determine matters by the Imperial and other existing laws, to award just punishments, to engage in just wars, to serve as soldiers, to make legal contracts, to own property, to make an oath when required by a judge, to marry and to be given in marriage."

The faith "does not destroy the State or the family, but very much requires their preservation as the ordinances of God, and that charity be practiced in them."

[Source:  Augsburg Confession, 1530,  p. 11 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary]

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