As the Hew Hampshire primaries are in full swing, here's an excerpt from pastor Joel C. Hunter's latest book entitled "A New Kind of Conservative" - a thinly-veiled reference to Brian McLaren's hetrodox book?
God loves people. He loves us enough that He does not exclude government as a tool by which He can inspire us to help each other. Through our government we have the chance to profoundly influence the lives of people all over the world. No, we cannot convert them through government. Yes, their eternal salvation is most important. That does not mean that every other provision that could be made through government is unimportant. It doesn't mean that the stewardship of the earth is not a concern because conversion is. Our government has certain powers, minor next to God's, bit still rather potent. Our government can feed the hungry, relieve people from oppression and even model strength with integrity to the world. But without action from the Christ followers in our nation, that potential will be incomplete, unfulfilled or morally destructive.
I like his awareness of the United States' responsibility to the rest of the world in light of her power and status. At the risk of over-generalization, I'll say that few (college-age) Americans have that sense of global responsibility.