“We are disciples of Jesus Christ who happen to live in a democracy, although God’s people have lived under every kind of government. Whatever the type, followers of Christ have had to figure out how to serve God, our highest authority, within that society. Being civically engaged is vital for disciples because through government many of the needs of our neighbors are met—or ignored.”

The above quotation comes from the study guide for the coming ELCA Social Statement on Civic Life & Faith. To explore how the rule of law guides the lives of Christians, we were joined by Mitchell Hamline Law Professor, Susan Martyn, a national authority on issues of legal ethics.  She was also a part of the recent Church and State ELCA dialogues on Government and Civic Engagement, the process for forming the coming Social Statement.