Of course, we can also ask the similar question: does embracing conservative theology lead one also to embrace conservative political agendas? On the surface there does appear to be a correlation. However, we have all probably known conservative seminary professors who actually held to some liberal views politically. Some evangelicals among the younger generations are embracing more progressive elements in political discourse while claiming to hold to the evangelical view of Jesus and the Bible. This is an interesting question that needs to be worked on, maybe by one of our presenters at the next Council. Does one’s view of theology practically lead to certain results in the political arena?
A person’s theology should affect his political views if he really holds that theology. In some cases, if you simply believe the Bible then there should be an easy decision on whether something is right or it is wrong. If you say that you believe the Bible then you should think accordingly.
On some matters though, a particular theology may split people into particular camps politically. That is a person’s kingdom theology. If we think that the kingdom is in any way being established today, or is already established, it will affect your political views, whether in the social gospel direction or in the Christian reconstruction direction. Either way is a wrong kingdom theology, but one way goes to the “liberal” approach, and one goes more “conservative”, and it comes out in political thinking.
Understanding the difference between the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of grace should help to aoid both errors.