Faith and Politics
"We don’t support inclusion and justice in spite of our faith in the Christian Gospel, but rather because of it. If we don’t, then we start to move towards becoming a vaguely spiritual action committee for the DNC."
I would use different language than this post, but I agree with the essence. Yes I'm a liberal Christian, but politics is not the substance of faith even if it may be an application of it. To claim this word has more to do with ways of working out religious beliefs and practices.
It's one reason I'm concerned with the content of several recent books which seek battle with the religious right and define a religious left. Too often they leave out discussions about God, scripture, the nature of the religious life and instead focus on today's political battles.
But I think it's a shame, because people really are trying to find *religious* alternatives to fundamentalism, we should be giving them bread not stones. I may disagree with Spong on some points but his books aim for this. The new generation of books largely don't.
I'll be reviewing two of them in the future to see where they come down on this. Why the Christian Right is Wrong by Robin Meyers and Big Christianity by Jan Lyn. These two books are written by mainline ministers so the conversation seems fitting for this site.