Are we as progressives wrong? As progressives it is difficult to not interject our Christian worldview against the Christian worldview in the White House. Jesus was a socialist, Jesus was a conservative, Jesus was this or that. Jesus seemed to do his best to stay out of political life. He could have been made king, led an invasion against Rome; even call down angels against those that sought to persecute him. Jesus did none of those things. Rather, Jesus taught his disciples to love God and neighbor. This type of leadership transcends given authority by birth, force or election. It is a leadership of example and choice.
Church and State
Progressives make valid points in which I agree. We as a people should start treating people with dignity and respect. We should care for the immigrant, feed the poor, provide affordable healthcare and do our best to give each person the right to execute their own free will. A government free from as much corruption as possible and listens to the needs of all people. A government that reasons together instead of fighting each other. The founding fathers were not perfect, and I do not hold the constitution as written by God’s hand. However, I do believe they were correct separating church and state.
Regardless if you are a religious person or not there are central moral doctrines most would agree. Do not kill or steal; most laws draw from these internal doctrines written on our hearts. We are smart people and can handle it, although I do not think that we have been handling the separation of church and state very well. Progressives are angry that fundamentalist are influencing the president and the Republican party. You could argue progressives want to replace fundamentalist Christianity with progressive Christianity. Both are wrong. We are wrong. Religion, any religion has no place in United States government.
If we are Wrong, What Now?
So, what now? Do we stop trying to correct the flaws of fundamentalism and the flagrant invasion of this form of Christianity in politics? Or, do we do what Jesus did? Jesus stayed out of the political scene. The Apostles stayed out of the political scene. When did things get bad for the people on earth regarding Christianity and government? When Constantine took Christianity and made it one of the state religions giving political power to the church. We all know how that worked out. I encourage my fellow progressives to stop trying to use our faith to fight the politics of the current administration, rather use our progressive values to live out Christ. Example is our power. Our salvation does not come from government. Our salvation comes from the Lord.