Happy Fourth of July!
Over at Capitol Commentary, Stephanie Summers reflects on what it might look like to run a political campaign that savors public justice:
As many Christians have developed an aversion to uncivil political discourse, our taste has been rightly cultivated towards civility, but not necessarily towards substance. This is a crucial distinction. What is often missing in civil campaigns is any desire on the part of citizens to hear from candidates their political vision for the good, or an effort to discern that the candidate understands that the role of an elected official is not to promote single issues. Instead, we decide we prefer the single-issue menu, since civility tastes pretty good going down.
A political campaign worth savoring is one infused with substance. While this may seem daunting, we have a civic duty to invite candidates to share their comprehensive vision for what government is for, what role other institutions in society hold, and how exactly the candidates intend to work for the good of all. God has given government the responsibility to not only treat equally under law different religions and points of view, but to do justice to the institutions and individuals that make up society.