When most Christians think of the word “call” or “calling,” they probably associate it with a call to preach or to church leadership such as Samuel’s call to the priesthood in I Samuel 3. However, Scripture also speaks of another type of calling: a call to serve in public life. In I Samuel 16, God (through Samuel) clearly called David to serve as a king. The story of Esther is another great example. She was placed by God in a position of influence in the Persian Empire to save the Jews from Genocide (Esther 4:14).

Further, Romans 13:1 reads, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” It follows that some Christians in a participatory democratic republic (to be specific) will be called by God to serve in government. Well, let me introduce you to a young pastor that evidences just such a call on his life: Micah Beckwith.

Micah Beckwith is a pastor at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana; an entrepreneur and a worship leader. He is married to a former Miss Indiana, has two young kids and is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. To learn more about Micah, you can follow him on social media.

I recently interviewed Micah about his call to public life, his understanding of what Scriptures says about church and state and how he practically lives out his faith in public life.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Bible’s teaching on the roles of church and state.
  • A great Top Gun example!
  • Why Micah should try out for the Indianpolis Pacers next year!
  • The importance of speaking with grace and truth! Sometimes, the church leans so far into the grace part of the equation that it fails to speak truth to culture and power.
  • How to live out the gospel in public life while still serving everyone in a diverse district.

Disclaimer: Bold Church Initiative is ministry recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization, and this podcast is not an endorsement of Micah Beckwith’s candidacy. Rather, this interview focuses on Micah’s public theology and walk with Christ. Further, the views expressed by Micah are his views and are not the official position of Northview Church or its other pastors.