Reading through the entire article, one can get the sense that it’s very difficult to get from Christianity to a political ideology. And this is in fact the case. Christianity cannot and does not provide a political programme, and this is easy enough to see from the New Testament so long as we refrain from doing what is so common in our ideology-obsessed culture, which is reading our own ideology into it by selectively quoting the text and making invalid inferences from it. To get from Christianity to an ideology, we must import a theory about the proper scope of government, an economic model to provide a means of distributing resources, and a theory about law in terms of its source, means, and ends. These are not things found in Christianity, but they are compatible with Christianity. Christianity is orthogonal to political ideology, not equivalent to it or mutually exclusive with it.
By John Blake, CNN
(CNN) — The Rev. Timothy McDonald gripped the pulpit with both hands, locked eyes with the shouting worshippers, and decided to speak the unspeakable.
The bespectacled Baptist minister was not confessing to a scandalous love affair or the theft of church funds. He brought up another taboo: the millions of poor Americans who won’t get health insurance beginning in January because their states refused to accept Obamacare.
McDonald cited a New Testament passage in which Jesus gathered the 5,000 and fed them with five loaves and two fishes. Members of his congregation bolted to their feet and yelled, “C’mon preacher” and “Yessir” as his voice rose in righteous anger.
“What I like about our God is that he doesn’t throw people away,” McDonald told First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta during a recent Sunday service. “There will be health care for every American. Don’t you worry when…
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