"We don't work to see Christ in government; we work so that the government sees Christ"
-- from Nathan's '9 Lessons' piece --
Because one thing that always niggles me is that there is a genuinely unresolveable tension as to particular politics – that is, the specific policies Christians ought or ought not to support, the degree to which Christian morality may be imposed upon the nation. Nathan's piece tries to hold the tension in a particular way – emphasising, for instance, that Christians must see care for the poor as a chief political good, but must not see it as something we can fully resolve this side of the eschaton, because sin continues to exist, which must make us cautious in our political aspirations. The resultant conclusion of that approach is the quote above – Christians don't exist politically to have a “Kingdom government”, per se, which will somehow solve all problems, but rather work so that politicians (whether Christian or not) see something of Christ and His Kingdom, which (by God's grace) might influence their decision-making.