Late Sunday evening I received an e-mail asking me to appear on Huffington Post Live, which is the video arm of the Huffington Post. Several other guests and I discussed the role clergy should play in the voting decisions of their congregants. My view is basically that there is a difference between politics and party politics, and clergy need to be especially cognizant of it. Christianity is inherently political because we believe in something called the kingdom of God, but the kingdom has not yet fully come. Therefore, it is dangerous to associate our anticipation of that kingdom with a short list of legislative objectives. Politics is fundamentally about tactics, and we have to think about which tactics will best prepare the world to receive the future for which we hope.
I am not sure if I was being too theological for the format, but that’s what I do.
Speaking of which, I owe Abby Huntsman a debt of gratitude. As some of you know, I have struggled to navigate different perceptions people have about the meaning of the word “theologian.” Our gracious host offered me a solution. You’ll see what I mean when I’m introduced. (-;