While fearing that I will be called a kook, I think it is important to raise a question that has not been discussed.
Is there an uncomfortable spiritual diminsion to politics that has not been noted? The book of Revelation speaks of the Beast (at least one of them) as a civil power under the spiritual influence of the Dark One and allied with false religion. As I read history, and understand eschatology, I do not think this Beastly system is relegated to Caesar Nero or a final end times ruler. Rather, I understand the beast to include all of those various civil powers who have degernated into Satanic monsters. Occult facination within Stalin’s Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany suggest that political evil has a spiritual side.
Does this implies that politics is a black and white, zero sum game? I do not think so. Ordinary politics must remain the art of the possible. Still, it does raise some uncomfortable questions for advocates of A Secular Faith, no?