There’s a tendency in evangelical political engagement to take what Jesus said to his disciples and apply it to social policy.
- Jesus said turn the other cheek, so we say citizens shouldn’t have guns nor defend themselves.
- Jesus said welcome the stranger, so we rally for mass immigration.
- Jesus said feed the sick, so we justify state welfare.
- Jesus said render to Caesar, so we rally to build mosques.
- Jesus came to set the captives free, so we develop a narrative of oppression and liberation.
- Jesus came to break down dividing walls, so we dissolve our borders.
- Jesus said there are no longer Jew and Gentile, so we say there are no longer nationalities.
- Jesus said forgive, so we remove penalties.
- Jesus’s gospel sanctifies our souls and brings us to heaven, so we try to legislate morality and paradise here and now.
- Jesus came to save; so we say our hope is not in politics but are enraged to find no savior in the president.
- Jesus gave the qualities necessary for eldership, and we apply them to the requirements for presidency.
This is precisely what unitarians in the 1800s and liberals in the 1900s did, and did with great effect: they stripped Christianity of its proper sphere in society and took its teachings as a social pattern progressing toward utopia. Why are contemporary mainstream Christians doing the same?