Practicing Compassionate Public Policy

Practicing Compassionate Public Policy Five circles of Christian compassion are the foundation stones of faith-based community service.  This article series discusses public policy as the fifth circle of compassion. Part one of the series outlined the biblical foundations of Christian involvement in public policy (here). Part two described the historical basis for Seventh-day Adventist involvement in political issues (here). This article concludes the series by offering concrete ideas for practicing compassionate public policy. I would like to be very clear what a Christian response to public policy is ... Read more
Four Principles Compassion and Public Policy

Four Principles of Seventh-Day Adventist Compassion and Public Policy

Four Principles of Seventh-Day Adventist Compassion and Public Policy This article is part of a series on the Five Circles of Christian Compassion and continues the conversation of how Christian compassion includes involvement in public policy. In the last blog article, we introduced the concept of dual citizenship, the idea that we are responsible for living both as citizens of the earthly kingdom and maintaining our allegiance to God's kingdom. We are called to demonstrate the kingdom values of justice and equity in ... Read more
public policy compassion

Christian Compassion and Public Policy

Christian Compassion and Public Policy This article continues the discussion of the five circles of Christian compassion and explores the outermost circle of Christian compassion and public policy. Solutions for complex societal problems require the coordinated efforts of individuals, churches, organizations, and the government. This coordinated work includes developing and implementing public policies to address the root causes of social problems. As citizens in a participatory democracy, we have a responsibility to help shape policy initiatives. Even more so, Christian compassion demands ... Read more