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Caution Against Churches Endorsing Political Candidates

Recently in the United States, Canada and elsewhere, major elections have been held. While we can be tempted to express our views on political issues, we are admonished by Jesus Christ to "be wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16).

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Freedom: A Two-Way Street

Joseph Tkach

Freedom: A Two-Way Street

If we are going to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend freedom to others.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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It's a wonderful blessing to live in a country that values freedom. Freedom, of course, is a two way street. If we are going to have freedom for ourselves, we have to extend freedom to others. And that means tolerating the opinions of others, even if we don’t agree with them. One of the ideals the United States was founded upon is the Christian virtue of respecting the right of others to disagree with us. Jesus even taught that we are to love our enemies.

In Matthew 5:43-47 he said,

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