Does God Want Obama to Win?

If you’re Romney right now, you’ve got to be cursing your luck. You’re in a neck-and-neck race the week before the election…and then wham: another “Act of God” throws all your plans out the window. It’s almost enough to let you empathize with those “takers” (as your running mate would call them) who lost everything in this storm…almost. [Read more...]

Who Would Jesus Vote For?

As election day draws near, I have been asking myself, “Who would Jesus vote for?” I have many friends who are convinced that the Christian faith requires them to vote Republican. And while I respect their convictions, I cannot agree. I think that if Jesus were registered to vote in the 2012 United States Presidential [Read More...]

Voting Biblical Values

A day behind in the newspaper, yesterday I opened the Sunday New York Times to this full page ad from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association imploring the American people to vote “biblical principles” next week.  The full text portion of the ad reads: The legacy we leave behind for children, grandchildren, and this great nation [Read More...]

A Benedictine Blessing

I must admit, I didn’t pay much attention to Sunday’s service. I think the sermon went something like, “Be your true self as you were created in God’s image,” but I don’t remember details. I was tired and a little bit cold. And mostly my brain was honing in on the mountain of schoolwork that [Read More...]

My Foreign Policy Reality

I did not watch the third debate between President Obama and Governor Romney.  I simply did not have the emotional energy for it.  As a resident of what feels like the mother-of-all-swing-states, Florida, I am utterly campaigned out.  I hung in as long as I could through the rallies, the radio and television ads, the [Read More...]

Working for God in the Public Square

When we ordain those called to ministry outside the parish walls we embolden people to imagine how the redemptive work of God can be done in every corner of our hurting world … The Church has a story to tell, a story that shatters the sword and drives out fear, a story that can change our world and even our politics. [Read more...]

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians & The Role of Government

I adapted the more famous version of this poem for a sermon a few years back, and it seemed like a good (and hopefully fun) anchor for a post on the role of Church and Government and factors Christians should weigh when voting and picking political sides: One night I had a wondrous dream Two [Read More...]

On the Campaign Trail: Faith Outreach with Obama for America

Our nation has always been well-served when people of faith carry their convictions with them into the public square for the common good. For President Obama, civic engagement – one motivated not by a pursuit of power, but by the values we hold as beneficial for individuals, family and society – is more than a call for citizenship. It’s a requirement of a fully-lived faith. [Read more...]

The 51%

Last week at the University of Virginia, the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion held a religion and politics panel, “Religion and the Presidential Election.” From the Left, we had Burns Strider visiting from Washington DC. Burns is the founder and principal of Eleison LLC, the nation’s leading consulting firm committed to finding and [Read More...]

Unchristian Witness: Pro-Life Congressman Asks Mistress to Abort Their Child

I’m not surprised by the recent revelation that out spoken defender of family values and hardcore “Pro-Life” Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais was taped encouraging one of his four mistresses to abort their unborn child…
The problem with the Right’s Pharisaical approach isn’t just the hypocrisy and harm to the Christian witness. It’s that it blinds them to people’s struggle, and you can’t show people God’s love when you’re yelling at them.
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