I sometimes joke that, “Jesus saved me from being a Republican…but he won’t let me be a Democrat either.”
The way of Jesus is independent of any single political party and speaks prophetically to all (at least it should). At their best, communities modeled on Jesus’ way of love demonstrate that there is a better way of being in the world than most of us typically think possible.
An excellent and challenging example of the politics of Christians being a political “third way” is Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical titled “Caritas in Veritate” (Latin: ‘Charity in Truth’ — or, more loosely, ‘truth-filled love’). I do not agree with B16 on everything, but I celebrate, where we do agree: working together for peace through justice.
Click on the following link to read the full text of Benedict’s encyclical.