October 29th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
What would the news media say if we ended our nasty partisanship, ceased making political arguments, and instead just relentlessly pursued ways to serve those who are sick, needy, hungry, and hurting? What would “enemies” at the ACLU or the gay and lesbian community or in the Democratic Party say and do?… I believe it would be one of the most powerful witnesses to faith ever.
I was listening to the radio recently, while doing other things, and a phrase jumped out at me: "We are not as divided a nation as our politics might lead you to believe."
It's not just the evangelicals who are being led to outright evil, and away from their core principles, by these political games. It's our entire nation.
This is why I go to Haiti. It's far away, and it's difficult, but it's unambiguously the right thing to do ... and it's a place where I can meet mission minded people from all backgrounds. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I want to learn how to communicate about politics with people with whom I perceive that I ought to agree on nearly everything governmental.
I posed a riddle to my mission team last time: The reading for the day was the passage on the fact that "faith without acts is dead." I asked them about my situation: Acts without faith. What is that? To my mind the answer is totally clear: Acts without faith *are* faith.
Let's all go do good works together, and throw out the bums who want to polarize us ... on both sides.