Many Lutherans are thinking seriously about the role of government these days. David Brooks is always a good read. I think that people who read this blog will find the discussion to be of interest.
In the same context, I would like to recommend a book which I have recently acquired. The cite is: Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty, A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. This work is a part of The Oxford History of the United States.
My first read in this award-winning work is about religion in the early days of the Republic. Interesting stuff.