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Core Christianity: Tough Questions Answered

Why Jesus is Not Your Political Mascot

host Adriel Sanchez aired January 12, 2021

Episode 618 Show Notes 

From the Show

When we mix the true faith with our political preferences, we corrupt it. We have to be careful not to think that we can use Jesus and the cross as a way of advancing a political agenda. That is not what the gospel and the cross is about. The cross is about the atonement Jesus Christ provided for sinners and I think it is an absolute shame when we try to use God, the bible, and the gospel to advance our own purposes and means in the world.

——Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

1. I know that it has been said on the program before that Christianity isn’t about us living our best life, but does that mean that it does not help us live a better life at all? I know you are trying to avoid teachings like the prosperity gospel, but the book of Proverbs, for instance, seems to tell us how to live better lives in certain ways. Would you still say that Christianity is only about our place in heaven?

2. How do I know the warning passages in Hebrews 6 and 10 are not talking about me? I have been in a bad spiritual place for about a month now and don’t know what to do. How do I know that these are not talking about me?

3. Jude seems like a very strange epistle in the New Testament. What is its significance in the canon, and why do you think it touches on topics of angels and things that Paul and others don’t normally focus on?

4. During the protests against the election results, there were many flags being waved by the protestors with Jesus’s name on them, at one point even a cross was raised outside the capitol building, all while people were pushing themselves through police barricades and breaking into the building. Why do you think the name of Jesus is being invoked in these acts?

5. Since Jesus Christ died on the cross, would it be true and accurate to say that “God died on the cross” or did only the human nature of Jesus die on the cross.?

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their five children.

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