In light of...
Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering. (Luke 11:52)
I'm saddened to see so many leaders in positions of both denominational and societal power fail to grasp the true purpose of our calling. I believe that just as Jesus shook his head at all the legalisms and doctrinal questions the Pharisees used to corner him with, He would probably have a similar response to tactics seen today.
These tactics root themselves of control. Politics is about obtaining and keeping control. A key principle of politics is that the ends justify the means, whereas Jesus teaches us that the means very much justify and determine the end.
How difficult is it to follow Jesus' teachings? Or rather, how much more difficult is it for folks who claim to be "Christ"ians to ignore those teachings?