The Hottest Button
Actually American politics is in agreement: it all comes down to identity. The issues at hand circle around which, and therefore what.
The Gospel frees us, and in so doing, unsettles us. Our first identity is as a people following the risen Christ. This is what the emphasis on ‘theology of baptism’ primarily means. It is also what the apostolic writers meant by our being a ‘third race.’ Now our first identity as sons and daughters of God doesn’t deny or denigrate other, secondary identities. But it does interrogate them, affirming, completing, correcting, relativizing.
Another way to say this is that baptism breaks down walls (Ephesians 2) and challenges tribalisms of all kinds. This makes every political group uncomfortable sooner or later. Maranatha, Amen.