A Guide to Scripture, Politics, & the Budget–Part 1

Republicans are still trying to have it both ways–claiming the mantel of faith and citing Scripture on a few hot button issues—and then putting away their Bibles and turning to Darwinian social and economic theories to support their primary policy positions. Republicans have largely been getting away with it because we don’t call them on their hypocrisy. [Read more…]

There & Back Again: A Faith Strategist’s Story

We now find ourselves in much of the same place we did in 2005. We face major challenges and deficits in how voters view Democrats when it comes to faith. The majority don’t even believe our President is a Christian. The good news is that the reason has much less with what Democrats have done, and definitely isn’t a result of what we believe, and is mostly a result of what we haven’t done: we’ve stopped engaging with and communicating to America’s faithful. [Read more…]

The Unreported Political Implications of Pew’s Religion Poll

Democratic faith outreach shouldn’t look like what the religious right does. When our outreach works, it’s authentic and humble and focused on relationships and clearly-articulated values. And when it works we win because when American voters understand what our core values are, the vast majority recognize they are the ones they share. But we can’t count on voters to figure it out. And as the Pew poll shows, we can’t expect them to ignore the lies from the Right if we ignore them. [Read more…]

Why I Hate the “Middle Class,” But Love Working Americans

One of my favorite quotes is FDR’s famous line, “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”  This moral and economic principle is at the core of what it means to be [Read More…]

Scripture on the Budget: What the Bible Says About National Priorities

One aspect of the Democratic response to the upcoming Republican budget attacks must be a willingness by “faithful Democrats” to discuss budget and tax policies from a moral perspective and to challenge Republicans to apply the same moral codes to kitchen table issues that they so eagerly embrace on bedroom issues…because as soon as we [Read More…]

The Responsibility of the Nation and Its Government to “the Least of These”

Scripture sets a very high bar for public morality as well as for private behavior. Although we can easily rationalize why alternatives to the commands of Scripture might be more “sensible” and “realistic,” if people are going to insist on applying scripture to the bedroom, they must be willing to apply it to the boardroom [Read More…]

The Policy Implications of Praying, “Thy Kingdom Come…”

The Kingdom of God requires action by each of us, but it also requires action by all of us. It requires that Christians not only succor the least, last, and lost in our society but also that we truly claim our inheritance as God’s chosen people by boldly confronting the systemic bonds of injustice that [Read More…]

On Corruption and the Exploitation of Workers

Time and again the Bible makes clear that what God demands and takes pleasure in is not acts of piety and the scrupulous following of purity codes but our demonstrating His love through our actions and the policies we enact in government, business, and all other institutions. Special condemnation is always reserved for those in [Read More…]

The Sin of Helping the Rich at the Expense of the Poor

Democrats must not get into the business of throwing stones, but neither should we allow Republicans to continue to portray us as moral relativists. We must approach moral conversations with humility “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), but we should not shy away from naming an action [Read More…]

The Blessedness of the Poor and Our Christian Responsibility to Them

An underlying assumption in many Republican policies is that poor people deserve what they get and that they are poor because of some character flaw. But poverty is not a sin, and it is not necessarily caused by sin. Jesus was homeless throughout his ministry. His disciples were unemployed. Elijah the prophet fled into the [Read More…]