In these days of sharp political division, it seems that almost everything is split along partisan lines. Not only are we divided by which news sources we watch and read by which social media platforms we frequent, which sports figures we cheer for, and which celebrities we applaud. Sadly, it seems that religion is no different.
As with the antebellum American church, Christians today inhabit both sides of a political spectrum that is separated by a deep, malevolent mistrust. Both left-wing and right-wing Christians share the same Bible and both can be guilty of cafeteria-style Christianity in which believers pick what is appealing to them. They don’t necessarily reject the rest outright, but, like the Brussels sprouts sitting forlornly in the cafeteria line, many Biblical teachings just get ignored and left behind.