I've been alarmed by the immediate dismissal of Christians who offer a prophetic witness to society, accusing these believers of simply parroting Republican or Democratic party lines. Are our words simply a thin veneer tightly bonded to partisan politics, or do we Christians have something much deeper and more helpful to say? On its best days, the church serves as a prophetic voice to society -- as a people who (hopefully) model a different way to live, who point to another reality at work. Christians who have an insight into working of the powers (be it political, economic, the media, or organizations, or...) must be allowed to speak. It has been an important role for the church in history (before the existence of Democrats and Republicans) to call institutions to be more Christlike, all the while knowing that efforts by these institutions will always be partial and incomplete. Those Christians who do offer these assessments must not be dismissed simply as liberals or conservatives. To truly follow Jesus, Christians must speak to all those in power, standing with Jesus on the side of the marginalized, the oppressed, and the outcast, and extending hospitality and generosity without restraint. Those powers that constrain these practices at any level are always worthy of exhortation.
I say the following to myself as well as to others: If a fellow Christian stands with Jesus and rebukes the powers, do not stop her or him. Christians, if you have something to say, please say it -- don't let partisan politics inhibit the expression of your primary identity as Christ-followers.