Probably not, at least as such. Obviously people, regardless of religious orientation, have a lot at stake in who runs the country and how it is run.
That said, it's glaringly obvious that the politics of this presidential race has the effect of poisoning relationships and attitudes. As I read the call for the followers of Christ to be peacemakers, this means striving for some form of reconciliation. Instead, we are getting into virtual shouting matches.
I'm of the view that we're supposed to be Christians first, and political partisans second. One of the reasons I turned my back on the Evangelical world, and sought communion with the Catholic Church has to do with this. Evangelicals for the most part have become the religious wing of the GOP. Catholics, not so much.
In fact the Church is large enough to house both conservatives and progressives. When we approach the sacraments, all that political stuff is stripped away as we stand in awe of God.
This is not to say that there are no political ramifications to belief...but that politics is subservient to human relationships within the Church, and most definitely takes second place to our individual and communal relationship with Christ.
I don't want to trivialize this with a Rodney King-like plea that we all just get along. But if we can't talk with our political opponents without demeaning them, then that's fodder for the next confession.
That's my view anyway.
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