I find it interesting as I read blogs of people of certain theological persuasions during election season because you tend to learn their political leanings as well. In reading through the various blogs this year I’ve noticed that most people on the more liberal end of the theological spectrum are liberal politically, and conservatives are the other way around.
Is there anything intrinsic within the different theological positions that gravitate people towards certain political opinions? Why can’t someone more theologically liberal take the opinion that while they staunchly believe in the gospel in all its social outworking that the government is the least qualified institution to administer the social gospel? Is our ecclesiology that weak? Have those from both ends of the theological spectrum given up on the church as an agent of change in the world and retreated to government solve the world’s problems? I just don’t see how fiscal discipline, limited government, and personal responsibility are antithetical to liberal theology.
I recently saw a quote from Bono about using $700 billion to bailout Wall Street but we couldn’t find $25 billion to help stop preventable diseases. What ever happened to the church? In the ELCA alone, members gave $2.3 billion in offerings to their congregations. The ELCA is sitting on $20.6 billion in assets. Do we not have some resources to spare?