Interesting question. Am not entirely sure what you mean though … Are you asking if our primary motive for engaging in politics should be to promote freedom of religion?
And I have a comment on the “Golden Triangle of Faith.” I confess I am not clued up about it. But when I read Paul’s letter to the Galatians, which has a lot to say about freedom, he sort of summarises it in Chapter 5, vs 13 and 14:
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.
He definitely seems to say that true freedom is only found in serving others in love. As I understand it you can never know freedom if love is not central to the mix. (I don’t know if “virtue” is meant to include love in the Colden Triangle of Faith, but in 1 Corinthians 13, we learn that both “faith” and “good works” are of no value in God’s sight without love.) Jesus said “know the truth because the truth will set you free.”
Jesus was incredibly free of many of the things that constitute heavy “baggage” for us: He was free of prejudice (whether racial, ethnic, gender, status, wealth, etc: to the extent that he loved his “enemies” - that is, those who hated or persecuted him), he was free of pre-conceived ideas that place people in “boxes;” he was free of a condemnatory attitude, he was free of anxiety and worry, he was free of guilt, regret and remorse. Compared with these things, is “freedom of religion” the highest priority?
Should the Christian engage with politics…? Only if s/he is sure that that is was the LORD Jesus wants him/her to do. And if the LORD directs it, then He will bless the engagement. If the Lord is not in it, it will never achieve anything of spiritual value (“Without me you can do NOTHING!”)
The freedom of religion is different from the freedom to believe what you want (freedom of belief). There are many places in the world that do not have freedom of (Christian) “religion,” but which have growing numbers of people who have personal beliefs about, and relationship with Jesus Christ. And politics is pretty powerless to stop this. The reality is that people believe what they want to believe, whatever laws, regulations, or “freedoms” you grant them. And in our modern societies, whether you have laws granting “freedom of religion,” you will still have religious prejudices and subtle kinds of antagonism. Certainly in the OT the Israelites were forbidden to have other gods and rituals than prescribed under the law. Legally, they did not, as God’s chosen people, have freedom of religion. But the Prophets (and especially Jesus) were equally adamant that simply following the law and it’s rituals was not in fact what God wanted. We’re not living in OT times, but it seems to me that religion, as a set of rituals and practises, is still not what God wants.
Micah said it so succinctly in his chapter 6 vs 8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Personally, if a Christian believes s/he is called to be engaged in politics, this verse should set the tone and direction of all s/he should do. And if we’re not called to be engaged in politics, we should live according to these basic requirements anyway. These admonishments are totally in line with the description of love in 1 Cor 13. I’m pretty sure that if we lived accordingly, we would experience a truly amazing degree of “freedom.”
Sorry if I missed the point of your question.