There’s not a much better list of “Christian values” than those laid out in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) or in the “fruits of the Spirit” articulated in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I would love to see a presidential campaign run on such values. Imagine candidates’ calling for simplifying our lifeystyles and “plaining” our materialistic ways; urging creatively nonviolent responses even to “enemy” provocations; calling people to a way of life that focuses on the needs of the “least of these” - which extends beyond the womb to all who live marginalized lives.
But I have a sneaking suspicion that these are not the Christian values being touted.
In my own faith tradition, “values” are not a list to check off, anyway. Instead, they are the evidence of a life transformed by G-d’s power. Ones life ought to “preach” and give evidence that a new person has been formed inside the old, one more in tune with G-d’s nature which, in Christian understanding, is revealed in the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ - a resurrection that makes available the power of G-d’s Spirit to transform even the most recalcitrant of folks! Even, I am tempted to say, opportunistic politicians!
But I come close to violating one of Jesus’s admonitions not to judge!
For Friends (Quakers), the evidence of this transformation is a life of direct communication with and holy obedience to G-d, peace, simplicity, integrity, equality, and community. They are the outward and visible sign of an inward and invisible grace - our own version of a “sacramental” life.
If politicians choose to hold sacred a particular list of values, my preference would be for them to start first with an examination of how their own lives bear witness to the transformational power of G-d’s Spirit and conformity to their own religion’s expression of the fruits of that change. I would hope that the fruit of that transformation would lead, then, to a commitment to another expression in the Sermon on the Mount: “May thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”
According to my reading of the nature of that kin(g)dom, it’s not limited to concern about abortion or ones sexual orientation - if at all!