The Challenge for Christian Politicians
by Dr. Egbert Schuurman
(Pro Rege: Vol. 44: No. 4, 20 -32, June 2016)
_____________________Dr. Egbert Schuurman is Professor Emeritus of Reformational Philosophy at the universities of Delft, and Eindhoven, and Wageningen.
Editor’s Note: This article was presented by Dr. Egbert Schuurman as the annual Groen van Prinsterer Lecture for 2011, sponsored by the ChristenUnie or Christian Union, a political party in the Netherlands. The lecture series is named after Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer (1801–1876), the father of modern Dutch Christian politics. Egbert Schuurman, P.Eng., Ph.D., was senator for the Christian Union in the Dutch parliament from 1983 through 2011. This text was translated by Herbert Donald Morton and edited by Harry Van Dyke.
_____________________To stimulate and support reflection about Christians in politics, not to speak of Christian politics as such, is not a luxury but a constant necessity. Every generation is called upon to articulate and assert first principles in a fresh way and to act upon them in response to the challenges of the day. On this occasion, as I retire from the Senate, I would like to share some of my thoughts on the challenges of our time, to follow up with what I believe is a promising perspective for a Christian approach to politics today. My guiding theme will be: What should be the main issue for a Christian in politics in a rapidly changing culture?
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