The election is on the very near horizon and I’ve been thinking about politics and Christianity.
John Mark Reynolds recently produced an essay for Crosswalk defending and arguing for a Christian allegiance (for the most part) to the Republican party. He makes a reasonable case. But I’m a smidgen troubled – I’d like to see a parallel essay making the case for the Democratic party (plenty of people I know out there would do a good job, I think – say Jim Wallis). Perhaps a few other options, or an essay eschewing political parties might also be useful (I can think of some Anabaptist candidates for that one, and can think of at least a couple of Christian libertarians). My guess is that a good series of parallel articles, perhaps with some interaction between the authors, would help Christians think a lot more Christianly about the upcoming elections. [I wouldn’t be surprised if Reynolds agreed with me]
It’s not so much that I’m opposed to Reynolds’ view. It’s more that I think it is dangerous both tactically and strategically to align ourselves too much with intrinsically secular movements. Maybe I’m just too cautious.