In a move that I find incomprehensible, some of my left-of-center brothers and sisters in Christ are calling for the passage of Obamacare, which, as we have seen, includes federal funding of abortion. Moreover, given the scope of what is being proposed, these well-meaning theologians in fact (whether they realize it or not) are supporting legislation that in effect wrests the authority of the church's hospitals and turns it over to the coercive power of the government. The fact that such a staunch Baptist church-state separationist like David Gushee would support such a move is stunning. In other contexts, there is no doubt that my friend David would not support the state telling the church how to counsel its parishoners or what counts as appropriate content of its theological anthropology. But by supporting this government takeover, David is in effect telling the government that it is permissible for it to use its monopoly on coercion to dictate to the church's hospitals what their understanding of the nature of human persons should be.
I'm always amazed that those who think the name of Christ is sullied when citizens call for public schools to advance Christian ideas have no trouble with the government using Christ's hospitals to sully the church's understanding of the good, the true, and the beautiful.