The Religious Right, fueled by the Neo-Evangelical, Dominion Theology, Kingdom Theology crowds, jumped into the political arena with both feet, in the 1980's. They promptly got both feet burnt! They have wisely backed off.
This political cycle, however, there were a number of political candidates claiming the mantle of God (or at least Christianity) in their bid for election. Does that mean The Religious Right succeeded in affecting the political discourse, for good? Not really.
Apparently the polls show that it is Republicans who are most likely to be God-fearing voters. It is they who favor decency, honesty, morality, fiscal responsibility and social restraint. If you want their vote, it's best to position yourself as 'one of them.' Especially since they inhabit the vast 'fly-over' areas of these United States.
All this brings me to my point: All Politics is Religious! But, then, so is economics and social policy. You need proof?
Look up Revelation, 17. What you see is a woman who sits on many waters [18:3 says the waters are 'multitudes, nations and tongues].
v.2 She has committed fornication with the kings of this earth. She has made the inhabitants of the earth drunk with the wine (product) of her fornication.
v.6 She is drunken with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.
Chapter 18:3 ....the merchants waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. At her destruction, v.9 The kings shall bewail her / lament for her
v. 11 The merchants shall weep and mourn over her.
v. 17 Shipmasters and sailors, alike, stand afar off [from her]
v. 23 ...for by her sorceries were all nations deceived
v. 24 In her...was found the blood of the prophets and of the saints...and all that were slain upon the earth.
Who is she? She is The Woman Who Rides The Beast. The 'Beast' is the leader of the Global Federation that has sought to rule the earth. He has fashioned himself as the long awaited, Jewish Messiah, but he is evil. He is the Antichrist.
She? She is Mystery Babylon, The Great, The Mother of all Harlots. She is The System!
The system, at the end of the age, is a mystery-form of Babel; that system dedicated to supplanting Christ as Ruler of the Earth. It is political. It is economic. It is social. And it is the epitome of evil.
What has appeared to be completely secular is shown to be religious, all the while. It is the culmination of Satan's earliest effort, in The Garden, to take control of the earth and rule over it as God.
We wonder at it, today. It's subjects work to make it all seem secular and to keep the religious crowd from having any part in it. They say it's all about the separation of Church and State, when in reality it's all about leaving them alone to fashion it the way they please.
Keep out of politics? As long as we have a vote, WE are the government. Ceding it to them only hastens the destruction of freedom and marginalization of The Gospel.