I've realized the last few weeks and months that I have very few strong political convictions. I of course have firm stances on abortion and homosexual marriage, but those aren't as much political convictions as much as they are moral issues which just so happen to be significant in the political realm. Things like welfare and worker's rights and education are much more complicated.
I'm starting to realize that my previous idea of 'I'm religiously conservative, so that makes me Republican' doesn't really hold up. The whole polarization of the two-party system and the resulting complications are starting to become more evident to me. Sure, I appreciate the strong moral stance the Republicans take on a few issues I feel strongly about. But, I have no interest in seeing the rich become richer and the rights of the poor neglected.
But this is where it gets even harder, because I have to think biblically about all these issues. The problem with welfare isn't the particular philosophy each administration or party has regarding the way it should be administered, but instead that the government is in charge of the poor at all. The job of caring for the poor isn't given to the state, but to the church. The whole idea of state-run welfare is faulty and bibically unfaithful from the start.
Forming a political stance is going to be difficult, and I'm getting the idea that in the end, I'm not quite going to fit in with the two-party system.