The Color Purple: On finding the middle in a country divided into red states and blue states
You can read an op-ed piece by the former senator John Danforth that appeared in the New York Times last year.
Barack Obama appeared on the Today Show last week. Here is that interview. I will also include links below to the keynote address that Senator Obama gave at the Call to Renewal conference sponsored by Sojourners.
Keynote address (part 1)
Keynote address (part 2)
Keynote address (part 3)
Keynote address (part 4)
While I am cautious as to how I talk about politics, I believe it is imposible to consider oneself a citizen of the Kingdom of God and a follower of Jesus and not address political issues. The question is how we do it and with what tone. The former Senator Danforth and Senator Obama both talk about how faith has influenced the political system and process in a detrimental way.
I saw an interview on 60 Minutes last week of David Kuo, who was high up in the Bush administration working on the Faith-Based Initiative. He also expresses some keen observations and goes as far as to say that "the Church (Christians) should take a 5-year fast from political engagement. A call I have heard before from John Roth, Charlotte 2005.
"God and politics had become very much fused together into a sort of a single entity. Where, in a way, politics was the fourth part of the trinity. God the father, God the son, God the holy spirit, God the politician."
Jesus is reduced to a precinct organizer and special interest lobbyist for Kingdom values. Not the Jesus I see in Scripture.