“Our president is not organising another political party, nope… not even running with Nader on the Green ticket. Jesus is forming a new kind of people, a different kind of party, whose peculiar politics are embodied in who we are. The church is a people called out of the world to embody a social alternative that the world cannot know on it’s own terms. We are not simply asking the government to be what God has commissioned the church to be. After all, even the best government cant legislate love. We can build hundreds of units of affordable housing (a good thing by the way) and people still might not have homes. We can provide universal health care and keep folks breathing longer (another nice move), but people can be breathing and still not truly be alive. We can create laws to enforce good behaviour, but no law has ever changed a human heart or reconciled a broken relationship. The church is not simple suggesting political alternatives. The church is embodying one.

[Shane Claiborne & Chris Haw, Jesus For President]