Our politics are an expression of our faith

Our politics are an expression of our faith, not an independent entity.

I wouldn’t expect them to fit neatly into any worldly or rationalistic system.

As much as we might expect a significant overlap between the divine law and the laws of men there will always be this uncomfortable disconnect; a distance. Because what we do and why we do it will always be a little different from what those will do and why they will do it, with only the lights of nature and human conscience to guide.

So, really, it’s ok to be politically sloppy, to have a hard time fitting into a contemporary political mold, to be itchy within the system.

When people say Social Justice I say yes, as long as it’s really something just. Justice isn’t an opinion.

And when people say Libertarian I say yes, as long as you don’t mean a license for sin and the unmeasured human will as the determiner of all goods.

And when people say freedom I say yes, as long as they mean equality before the law and the protection of people and property.

And when people say rights I say yes, as long as they mean rights endowed by their creator. One never has a “right” to do something wrong.

And when people say conservative, I say yes, if they mean holding to what is good and true of the past, time tested and worthy of enduring.

And if people say liberal I say yes if they mean breaking with the past when it needs to be broken.

And if progressive means veering closer to Christ as a person and community then please, let us progress.

And I don’t expect a nation or its political parties to reach perfection in this age, so I’m ok with a certain awkward level of error inherent in each one. Only let us align with those most consistent with Christ in whatever place he puts us and at whatever time he might choose.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:6-7 

 Neiswonger

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