At a recent Christian conference participants concluded quoting the Bible is not “enough” to bring people to a Christian’s political point of view. I would go even further. Quoting the Bible is detrimental to the Christian cause.
Ever so slowly, an idea has been gaining strength in our society. It is the only source of credibility the Bible has came from itself. Thus, the public is recognizing circular reasoning.
There are other things Christians can do to be persuasive. They can simply be nice. They can be generous to causes in addition to their own.
Even more importantly, they need to demonstrate their independence from any political party. They could start by criticizing religious language in the two Parties’s platforms, especially the Republican. The faith, they could say, is not available for exploitation by politicians.
But, this way of operating is foreign to many of the faithful. Much of the Christian faith sees government in the way Islamic clergy see it, “What is the government and its politics there for except to enhance the political power of the faith?”
It is also difficult to conduct it’s public affairs in this way because of Christian certainty. Take the Pope’s Christmas Eve message. He took that occasion to condemn, again, gay marriage. It does not occur to the Pope there are cultural differences in how people see his faith.
Quoting the Bible sends a signal the speaker thinks he/she knows the ultimate truth. Increasingly, the listener knows otherwise.