An Interview with John Frame on Politics and Theology
Back in November 2010 the Center of Pastor Theologians interviewed John Frame on Politics and Theology. The short interview is helpful in grasping the larger contours of Frame’s political
The 9 question interview includes the following:
- For readers who are not familiar with your work, can you describe your contribution to the question of how the individual Christian and the Church relates to the State?
- Richard Mouw and Carl F. H. Henry have suggested that the Church’s role is not coterminous with the responsibility possessed by individual believers. Do you agree or disagree?
- Please identify for our readers two influential thinkers or political concepts to which you often respond (perhaps one positive, one negative)?
- How would you summarize the political responsibilities of the average American in the pew—that is, someone with voting rights, but little political capital, and little or no economic capital for political action?
- How does Romans 13 help us understand the limits placed on the church and/or the individual believer in our engagement with political matters?
- How do biblical books such as Deuteronomy and Proverbs help us to understand God’s perspective on politics? Does the fact that they share political and ethical insights with other Ancient Near Eastern cultures (or that they offer critiques of those cultures and their political systems) influence your view of their relevance?
- Some political theologians note that Daniel simultaneously models service, critique, and a message of divine judgment. Are all three of these to be implemented by believers? Are they postures we should always exhibit, or are they more appropriate at some times than others?
- If a young church planter says to you, “In my social and cultural context, I need to avoid political topics. This enables me to address the gospel without any baggage and has helped our church create a community of diverse perspectives centered on Christ and his work. But am I doing the right thing? Should I be bolder?” How would you respond? Which passages would you use as a resource for guiding his or her thinking?
- What is the best article or essay a young pastor could read on politics, political interpretation of Scripture, or political theology? The best book?
It’s a helpful piece. Look into it.