They say that politics makes strange bedfellows. I would have to say that the past couple of weeks have proved that adage to be more than true. Now, I’m generally not one to put campaign politics – mine or anyone else’s – into the pulpit. But, on occasion there are times when the voice of Christ can be heard stereophonically from both sides of the conservative/liberal political divide. These past few weeks the volume continues to be turned up and the message has been coming in loud and clear, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them.” (Luke 21:8, Matthew 24:5, Mark 13:6) It seems that the presidential primary campaign rhetoric of late is calling both conservatives Christians and liberal Christians to consider sincerely and deliberately what it means to be a Christian:
Who gets to claim the name and the moral authority of Christ Jesus?
Who gets to speak as an emissary of the God Almighty?