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…]
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…]
Faithful Democrats did an interview with, Rev. Derrick Harkins, Director for Faith Outreach for the Democratic Nation Committee. Read what he has to say about the challenges of being a person of faith in politics, the opportunities facing Democrats with religious communities, and more. [Read more…]
I’m not into word counts. And, neither are Americans. We all know that we are known by the results of our labor . . . Values over process. Results over the superficial. Heart over strategy. Examples lived from the Word, not the example of a word. [Read more…]
If you feel like “Life” is the sole issue Christians should vote on, I don’t see how you could do anything but vote Democrat.
The tendency of many leaders of the religious right and Republicans to focus on purity and on following the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit is not a problem unique to American politics…the idea–repeated by the prophets, Christ, and then throughout the epistles–that more is required of us than simple belief or a statement of faith is made especially clear in James. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and they shudder!” (James 2:18-19).
In light of moving onward and upward through my last year of college at The University of Virginia, I thought that the best topic for today’s post might be the lessons I’ve learned this summer. Isn’t that what they say, write about what you know? Go to where you want to be and be the salt of the earth. Believe and support the next generation of amazing clergy. Seek out community near and far. And above all, remain faithful… Because folks, this election doesn’t look like it’s about to get any nicer. [Read more…]
The Ryan-Romney budget and Republican campaign talking points are based on an appeal to wealth and using wealth as a proxy for a person’s worth and value. Plenty of secular and economic arguments can be made for those appeals, but one cannot make a Biblical argument for those values. [Read more…]
The Bible is quite clear and unambiguous about our responsibility to the poor. The question Republicans need to ask themselves is if they think the teachings of Jesus and the prophets are still relevant today…or do they need to be taken with a grain of salt and not at face value?
Indeed, the Republican rhetoric to support tax cuts completely undermines any idea that the money will be freed up to help the poor—for Republicans, the tax cuts boost the economy by being reinvested (usually as capital), not by being bestowed upon the poor as private charity. Simply put, starving the social services is starving the poor. Cutting social services is the policy option railed against by all the prophets, and it is thoroughly unbiblical. [Read more…]