At first glance, Mr. Cruz has things in order. At first glance, you’d think that these priorities are well-ordered and meaningful. But are they? Can Mr. Cruz’ priorities stand up under questioning?
Suppose a Christian becomes persuaded by the case for restorative justice. And she embraces true neutrality toward international relations. Say she is a Mennonite and refuses military service. Now she refuses to vote as do Brethern and some Presbyterians. Nor does she do jury duty. Do we still accept her as a true, Bible-believing sister in Christ?
Say a man believes that loving our enemies means receiving them into our communities. He believes that earth’s resources are for the people of the world, that God never meant for private ownership to translate into political power, and that socialism more than capitalism satisfies God’s intent for society. Are we still to accept her/his Christian confession?
What Minimum Requirement
Our friend is no ‘conservative,’ but can she be a true believer in Christ? Or must his politics be jettisoned to be a good, Bible believer? Can a good Republican hold such positions? Can a Christian be a socialist and a good American? If not, what minimal policy combination does God require? Where is the cut-off? Exactly what Biblical texts mandate this?
In Mr. Cruz’ world, Bible obedience means political conservatism and is required to be a good Republican. If you’re not a good Bible-believing, conservative Republican, how could you ever be a true, American patriot?
Christian, conservative, Republican, American: do they really differ, OR are they equivalent terms which reflect on the same thing from different perspectives? Can Mr. Cruz distinguish these points? More to the point…
If he did, where would his crowd be?