The early Christians were accused by their detractors of being traitorous to the empire for a number of reasons. One of those reasons was that they apparently did not generally participate in politics. I wasn’t there, but I do not imagine that they walked around in rose colored glasses either. A Christian needs to stand against that which opposes the Gospel. There is a long, rich history for that. Our measure, however, is neither nationally defined nor party affiliated, and political spokesmen should not be informing our opinions. For a Christian, living and active faith in the context of the Church and the Divine Services is the source of our moral, ethical, and spiritual formation. Jesus Christ is the measure of all things.