Is it possible that Paul in his wisdom may have said something like "to the Democrats, I became as a Democrat for the sake of the gospel that I may share with them in its blessings"? That sounds like something he might say, if he were a republican which I dare say he wouldn't be.
I am in a tough spot. I have been in a tough spot for a number of years. I feel uncomfortable where I am. Though my service is strenuous and valuable, I feel like I'm working with the wrong people. I have become more and more withdrawn because the words of my 'friends' and associates are so repulsive to me. I feel like it's all coming to a head. I feel like if my small group leader says that 'all these regulations are in the way' again, I'm going to burst. And I'll tell you this much, if my church participates in 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' I will be leaving it. Because you don't draw people to the truth with hateful and insulting language. You don't win people to your side with partisan bickering. Jesus hung out with hookers and tax cheats, sailors and radicals. And all he told them to do was stop sinning. That's it. Not that they were bad people. Not that they were ruining their country. Not that they were a drag on society. And he didn't compare them to hairy creatures whose speech nobody understands.