Despite the common claim that religion should be kept out of politics (or vice-versa), many Christians consider political involvement an appropriate response to their faith.
Here At the Threshold, Dr. Bruce Sloan discusses the shift of the Southern Baptist Church from historically Democratic (“We were not national Democrats,” he clarifies, “but Dixiecrats.”) to staunchly Republican — and his response as a pastor who not only stayed with the Democratic Party, but eventually became the county chairman.
As an alternate view, consider the OpEd by Matthew Lee Anderson in Relevant Magazine, titled Why I am a Christian Republican.
Meanwhile, Todd Standberg at Rapture Ready urges his readership to vote Republican, even though he concludes Jesus would not be a Democrat or a Republican. “You can be a perfectionist and find a hundred things wrong with the Republicans. It is serious error to try to compare a floundering friend to a deadly enemy.”
A Daily Kos blogger known as KSUWILDKAT proclaims, I am a Democrat BECAUSE I am a Christian. KSUWILDKAT challenges, “How can you vote to cut AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) or Headstart and still enter God’s house? The Bible speaks of caring for the poor over 300 times – mostly in the Old Testament.”
The Rev. Joe Morris Doss comes to a similar conclusion in an article that reaches back to the Didache to examine the preferential option for the poor as understood by very early Christians. Doss finds lessons in the Didache for the 2012 campaign.
How does your faith inform your politics?
Are you a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian, or something else because you are a Christian?
How do you feel about pastors and churches engaging in political discourse?
Should churches that politic lose their tax-exempt status?
Do you agree with Dr. Sloan that churches have sold out by preferring the tax exemption to our calling to make a difference in the world?