Jim Wallis writes on faith priorities in this election, urging Christians to devote serious attention to more than just the hot-button issues (sometimes called “non-negotiables”) that I believe much of the Republican Party just pretends to espouse. I agree that prenatal infanticide (including embryonic stem cell research) and same-sex marriage are not the only issues. What about eradicating sex slavery? What about stopping domestic violence? These are, after all, vitally important issues as well.
It does sound good to want the civil authority tackle all these problems, which we recognize are very dangerous problems, but I wonder how these good things fit in with what the extent is of the authority that God has granted to temporal government. Have we asked that question and proposed philosophical answers that would apply the right razors to what government should and should not be in the business of doing?
If not, we need to do that rather than assigning everything to government and voting that way. Everyone should have at least a vague but principled sense of what God wants temporal authorities to do now outside of the church.