Thursday, February 28, 2008

Well Worth the Read

An interesting article, Faith Without a Home, appeared in the Washington Post today. The article was written by Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President Bush, and briefly analyzes the growing political trends among young evangelicals. I found the last two paragraphs particularly helpful.

But there is something essentially countercultural about Christianity that should make evangelicals restless in any political coalition. Christianity indicts oppressive government -- but also the soul-destroying excesses that sometimes come in free markets and consumerism. It teaches enduring moral rules -- and an emphasis on justice for the least and the lost. It is often hard where liberalism is soft, and soft where conservatism is hard.

If evangelical Christianity were identical to any political movement, something would be badly wrong. It is supposed to look toward a kingdom not of this world, one without borders, flags or end. And by this standard, homelessness is a natural state.
- Michael Gerson