What makes an issue a "political issue"?
As a missions organization, we try to stay away from "political issues." We have other priorities and believe that the deepest change in lives and the world doesn't come through the political process.
Are "political issues" the issues that are of lesser importance?
Are "political issues" the issues that don't directly relate to religion?
Are "political issues" the issues that divide people and could hurt popularity?
Are "political issues" the issues that politicians talk about?
Our InterVarsity chapters engage with issues of sex trafficking and income inequalities as an element of our evangelistic Proxe Stations. Check out this video to see what some InterVarsity chapters are doing: OSU Price of Life Summary.
Are these political issues fair game?
InterVarsity filed an amicus brief in a US Supreme Court case last summer, advocating for the court to allow InterVarsity groups to "exclude from membership students who refuse to sign a statement of faith and adhere to the tenet that sexual activity should not occur outside of marriage between a man and a woman." The gay community sees this exclusion as discriminatory. Read more about the case here: Court Limits Campus Ministry.
Is this a political issue?
What about immigration and it's accompaniments? The Dream Act had the potential to radically reshape our college campuses and impact generations of young people. Current students prayed. Potential students held their breath. Last winter it collapsed. This summer, it's being reintroduced to Congress.
What will InterVarsity do with political issues like this?
How do we decide when to get political?