I wanted to pass along this excellent post and concept that I found on Eugene Cho’s blog this morning: Rules of Christian Civility in Politics? as he explores the question of how Christians should react and relate to one another during this intense political season. I couldn’t agree more with this quote from Jim Wallis on the God’s Politics blog:
- We Christians should be in the pocket of no political party; but should evaluate both candidates and parties by our biblically based moral compass.
- We don’t vote on only one issue, but see biblical foundations for our concerns over many issues.
- We advocate a consistent ethic of life from womb to tomb, and one that challenges the selective moralities of both the left and the right.
- We will respect the integrity of our Christian brothers and sisters in their sincere efforts to apply Christian commitments to the important decisions of this election; knowing that people of faith and conscience will be voting both ways in this election year.
- We will not attack our fellow Christians as Democratic or Republican partisans, but rather will expect and respect the practice of putting our faith first in this election year; even if we reach different conclusions.
On November 4, Christians will not be able to vote for the Kingdom of God. It is not on the ballot. Yet, there are very important choices to make which will significantly impact the common good and the health of this nation–and of the world. So we urge our Christian brothers and sisters to exercise their crucial right to vote and to apply their Christian conscience to those decisions. And in the finite and imperfect political decisions of this and any election, we promise to respect the Christian political conscience of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This concept is radically different than the mindset that I’ve been surrounded with for most of my life in the conservative Bible Belt: the idea that electing a conservative Republican is the greatest hope the Church has for reforming America and an inherent distrust and suspicion of any Christian who could possibly vote any other way. I’d love to see us show more grace to one another one both sides of the party lines for voting as our spiritual conscience leads. As those who hold their allegiance to the Kingdom of God first and foremost, let us not look for our hope and find a savior in either political candidate or party this Fall.