I believe the church to be a fundamentally spiritual institution, with spiritual weapons and tools (word and sacraments). I do not believe the church as an institution has a calling to be involved directly in political action. But I do believe that as Christians hear the word each week and receive it by faith, as they grasp the significance of their baptism, as they take the Lord’s Supper, as they worship and fellowship with other believers, their characters are impacted and shaped; and that this will affect how they behave as members of civic society. In short, they will be those whose faith informs how they think and behave as they go about their daily business in this world. Christianity makes a difference — through the lives of the individual Christians pursuing their civic callings as Christians, not through the political posturing and lobbying of the church.