When your wife and one of your best friends disagree with something you said, and you know you are spiritually, politically, and sociologically usually on the same page as they are, it indicates to me I may have left something open to misinterpretation, or merely not been clear enough in my choice of words.
Which is what happened when I wrote yesterday, “As believers, we need to guard ourselves from joining in these battles.” I didn’t mean we should steer clear of all political causes or involvement; I meant to steer clear of the violent rhetoric that accompanies the far right and the far left. Besides, if you are that far out on either end of the political spectrum, you are not where Jesus is. As Tony Huynh, our BlogTalkRadio guest tonight says, Jesus is too liberal for conservatives and too conservative for liberals. The current debate seems to be playing to the poles, and I believe the truth is never at the poles.
I believe we should support political systems that work for justice, equality and human dignity for all. What political system does that best, or which political party consistently stands for that may be up for healthy discussion, and that’s good. As Christians we should be neither right, left, up, down or sideways, but our loyalty should be with Jesus and what He values. We seek to support the system that most nearly reflects, in our determination, the values the gospel espouses.
We have a moral imperative to do what we can to make the world a better place. That is not Christian; that is right and responsible.
This is why we debate aggressively, but leave room for different positions. What may be obvious to some may not be to others.
Our discussion with Tony Huynh on BlogTalkRadio tonight is particularly relevant to this discussion. Don’t miss it!
In almost every institution of our lives—our educational institutions, our churches, and our families— there is an opportunity to teach about the differences between a just political community based on the fundamental dignity of every person and political movements based on fascist, racist, anti-semitic, or anarchist ideals. Christians, whether in our capacity as citizens or public officials, also need to do the hard, careful, slow work of building political communities which uphold public justice for all. Stephanie Summers, the Center for Public Justice