The view of politics I am promoting here does not mean that the ends justify the means. No; but we need to be clearer about the proper ends of political action. Again, our political stances should not be developed, articulated, and pursued primarily in view of minimizing offense so that the gospel can be heard.
James R. Wood is an Associate Editor at First Things. This fall he will begin as an instructor at Redeemer University (Ancaster, ON).