Although I would like to quote the entire book as great and something we should all talk about, I ran across this line which made me think. And so I dedicate this line to all the Governor Palins of the world:
As Paul says, "We don't fight with those weapons" A church's authority comes from somewhere else - it comes from how we've been broken open and poured out, not from how well we've pursued power and lobbies and organized ourselves to triumph. This is why when Christians organize politically and start flexing that muscle, making threats about how they are going to impose their way on others, so many people turn away from Jesus.
Jesus' followers at that point are claiming to be the voice of God, but they are speaking the language of Caesar and using the methods of Rome, and for millions of us it has the stench of Solomon.