During a heated political debate--such as the on-going spat over health care reform--politicians are sore tempted to play the religion card as they troll for support.
Most often, it is the Christian right which is criticized in our circles, presumably because the activism of the "Christian" right is easier to spot. Those in my circle have few dealings with the theologically liberal left.
So, when President Obama plays the religion card and in full campaign mode tells a group of religious leaders "we are God's partners in matters of life and death" and then asks them to "tell the stories of health care dilemmas to illustrate what is a stake" in their preaching, he is as guilty of confusing the two kingdoms as anyone on the Christian right has ever been. (Click here: Army of the Lord? Obama Seeks Health Care Push From Pulpit - Political News - FOXNews.com)
If it is argued that government intrusion into personal health decisions and in funding "full reproductive rights" (a code word for abortion) are moral issues, and should be debated in an appropriate forum, I'll heartily agree.
But lets keep the religion card out of political debate, and the health-care debate out of the pulpit!