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"Full of Joy and Nearly Always in Trouble" -- are The Book of Common Prayer's baptismal covenant promises political?

I was in an interesting conversation the other day about whether or not our baptismal covenant promises are "political." I don't think they are. But I do know that keeping any one of them will likely have political ramifications. Take for example our promise to "continue in the apostle's teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers." That's not political activity in the United States or other nations where there is freedom of religion -- but try keeping that promise in parts of the world where practicing Christianity is illegal or persecuted, and you'll quickly find out how political those actions are. Promising to "persevere in resisting evil, and whenever you fall into sin, to repent and return to the Lord" may not seem to be "political" as long as you're thinking of "resisting evil" and "sin" in terms of your own petty vices and therefore "repenting" as a personal matte