Someone once said that the problem with our time is how it has moralized politics and politicized faith, which is to say, the categories of politics, morality and religion have been thrown up into the air like so much sand. All of which seems about as wise as spitting into the wind, which Jim Croce thought was pretty dumb. Brian Lee briefly considers some new legislative measures going on in Mississippi over the Queen Mother of identity politics and offers this in conclusion:
This political practicality of the personhood amendment raises an important and often neglected issue lurking in the weeds of the most contentious social issues of our time, namely, the difference between moral and political truth…
… Politics is the art of the possible, but in a fallen world, morality is the art of the impossible. Often the pro-life movement fails to grasp this distinction. The biblical mandate that forbids a believer to abort a human life — crystal clear to many — is not the same as a biblical mandate to make said abortion illegal. This distinction is anathema in our hyper-politicized age, but the New Testament is conspicuously lacking in legislative or policy proposals.
Given the kinds of in-roads social and political activism has made even amongst the otherwise conservative Reformed and Presbyterian communions over the last thirty-some years, that sort of reasoning is not likely to be politically correct. But that might be one hint that it’s onto something necessary and helpful.