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[American Lutheran Survey]

Aside from purely racial or reasoned sympathies and antipathies, the Christian realizes that for him, as well as for our Government, there is a spiritual attitude toward the many issues arising through concrete circumstances which is strictly in harmony with the Word of God and therefore pleasing to God, as there also is an attitude which violates the plain revelation of God and justifies it on the ground that religion and politics must be kept separate. This idea, by the way, that we must keep our religion out of our politics, is radically false. God requires of us that we be Christians in our personal politics as well as in our business and other human relationships.

There can be no issue of public moment, no problem of either national or international politics, which is not capable of being solved according to the fundamental principles laid down in the Word of God. And although the issue may seem dissociated from Christianity and entirely separated from Christian thinking as a purely secular matter, the Christian will not rest before he has clearly seen the issue in all its aspects through the medium of God's revealed will. He must keep his conscience blameless, and in order to do this he will study public problems in the light shed upon his intelligence and his conscience by God's Word.

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