Joe, thank you for the thoughtful and careful response. Sorry for not replying sooner, but Medium is not well designed for any form of dialogue.
Sadly, I wrote a lengthy reply but Medium lost it and I no longer have the time to rewrite it. So let me just say this:
“ If we all learn to be about what we feel most important, WHILE RESPECTING OTHERS with whom we agree and disagree, you may find that those who put God and others first have much to say about blue and red issues. You will find careful, Godly people all over all of the issues, and do well to listen to their God-and-others-centered thoughts. You will also find them among the hardest and most persistent workers for those issues that matter to the Kingdom. It’s when it thinks it either has power or is under attack that the modern church has trouble.
So while I understand your use of the term church (better than many Christians use it), I suggest that as it has in the past, the true church- people changed loving God and others- may be part of the solution for these changing times.”
I could not agree with you more.