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This sign has become a popular rallying point for some Democrats, and others that tend toward the more liberal side of the political spectrum. When challenged about the sign as a political tool, the typical response is that Christ directs these comments toward the nations and not toward individuals, so if you vote contrary to this, then you are either not a Christian, or you are so horrible that you shouldn’t be. In this way the religious left has become just as bad as the religious right. Still though, the sign makes a claim and it should be investigated and examined to insure that we have a proper understanding especially with the understanding that our faith is, by necessity political to some degree, but is not meant to be, nor can it properly be, expressed in a partisan manner. Fair warning, this is going to be a bit long.
To understand the context of this particular sign, and the type of thinking that it represents, we have to have some understanding of the social gospel movement in the 20th century. The movement was characterized by several things, not the least of which is the idea that the Kingdom of God can not be fully realized with the second coming of Christ until mankind has relieved itself of social evils by human effort. It is important to note that in it’s beginnings it was supported far more by clergy than laity, and almost exclusively by the liberal Christian movement and those progressive in their governmental views. Liberal here does not mean left wing politics, but in line with the liberal Christianity that arose out of the enlightenment. Walter Rauschenbusch would be the first to form a cogent systemic theology of the social gospel movement that would be inherited by liberation theology in...
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