The church...is not the master or servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Today there is a culture war between the Christian political "right" and the political "left" often called "secular humanism", and with some good reason.
Here in the United States evangelical Christians are making bold statements and stands to be change agents of the state. Martin Luther King Jr., from a different standpoint did the same. But in so doing, he in no way wanted the church to become either a master over or servant under the state.
As master over, the church's role would be in an area in which the kingdom of God is not concerned. The kingdom of this world will not become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah (Revelation) until Jesus returns. Until then we live as those of another kingdom, not of this world.
The church as a manifestation of God's kingdom on earth is salt and light in this world. And this world benefits from them never in the terms of this world and its kingdom. But only in God's terms and as participants together in the kingdom of God.
This means no more confidence in either the Democrat or Republican party as our ally. To do this means we're either attempting to lord it over a party or we're simply compliant to them. This is a generalization, but yet seems all too often true on both sides.
Instead we must carry on the same kind of work that Martin Luther King Jr. was engaged in. As those belonging to the kingdom of God in Jesus we must ever be the conscience, guide and critic of the state. Such a work never ends until Jesus comes and brings in God's kingdom as the new and final "state" of this earth.
We need to learn the lessons of Martin Luther King Jr., not just in reference to racial harmony, though we have much more to learn there. But more fundamentally with the tension that will always be present as we, the church of Jesus, challenge the kingdoms of this world, including the United States, according to the plumb line of another kingdom. Until we get that "edge" in our thinking and actions, we will be in danger of being salt to be trampled underfoot, rather than to be what we are to this world: the salt and the light.
God help us learn these lessons. Any thoughts here? Am I wrong?