What is the place of religion in public life? According to the “mainstream” view from the left, religion is allowed to inform your thinking so long as it’s putting you on the “right side” of the issues. As an example, both vice presidential nominees spoke on their faith recently.
Joe Biden … said, “My religion defines who I am, and I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life.” … According to Joe, “[t]he Catholic social doctrine talks about taking care of those who-who can’t take care of themselves, people who need help,” which Biden agrees with except when he’s approving of brutally dismantling helpless innocents “who can’t take care of themselves.” -As quoted by American Thinker
And on the other side:
“Paul Ryan did not say, as John Kennedy had said before him, that faith was faith and public service, public service, each to be honored and kept separate from the other. No, he said instead ‘I don’t see how a person can separate their public life from their private life or from their faith. Our faith informs us in everything we do.’ That’s a shocking answer—a mullah’s answer, what those scary Iranian “Ayatollahs” he kept referring to when talking about Iran would say as well. Ryan was rejecting secularism itself, casually insisting, as the Roman Catholic Andrew Sullivan put it, that ‘the usual necessary distinction between politics and religion, between state and church, cannot and should not exist.’” -As quoted by Albert Mohler
So religion is allowed to inform our idea of “social justice,” but not our idea of justice itself. Religion is allowed to direct us in our beliefs about the government caring for the poor and “oppressed,” but not to direct us in our beliefs about the government protecting life, or in treating everyone equally before the law.
As someone recently said in an email: “Why should Christians vote on abortion, something Jesus said nothing about, instead of on caring for the poor, which Jesus talked about all the time?”
Conservatives have allowed the left to take the lead on this narrative about what Christ said for far too long. Lest we forget, Christ is also God, and God has had a lot to say about the role of government, the necessity of justice, and the importance of protecting life, throughout the entire 6000 years the Scriptures were written.
To answer the question above, maybe it’s time we read the rest of the Bible.