Ever since I first encountered this quote by 19th century abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass, I have felt his summary of his political philosophy is a good expression of the one I have adopted. What would it look like if every Christ-follower adopted, thoroughly thought through, and conscientiously lived out Proverbs 14:34 as their political philosophy?

"I have one great political idea ... That idea is an old one. It is widely and generally assented to; nevertheless, it is very generally trampled upon and disregarded. The best expression of it, I have found in the Bible. It is in substance, "Righteousness exalteth a nation; sin is a reproach to any people." This constitutes my politics - the negative and positive of my politics, and the whole of my politics ... I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind, that it may speedily be recognized and practiced upon by our people."

Frederick Douglass, "The Frederick Douglass Papers," John Blassingame, editor (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982), Vol. 2, p. 397, from a speech delivered at Ithaca, New York, October 14th, 1852.