Pastoral Musings from Rain City

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Politics of Faith...

Have you seen the picture of the Obama team praying before going on stage for a rally? This article in Time explains how different this season is than '04, when the Democrat party tried to distance itself from any affiliation with matters of faith.

This year, we're seeing both parties appealing to the Bible for moral mandates; one party is intent on stepping into people's lives on issues of sexual morality, but stepping away on economic and environmental matters. The other party is intent on stepping into the economic machinery while leaving sexual, family morality to ride a more libertarian course.

My observation is this:

Neither party is consistent - both try to legislate at some points (require health insurance from all employers, or forbid abortion), and at other's call for the government to 'keep their hands off' (my body, my womb, the wage I should need to pay my employees, my freedom to get eight miles to the gallon).

Is this inconsistency principled in some way, or just a double standard?

I'm hoping that we can have conversations at our church around these kinds of subjects in a summer study series, but I don't know. It seems that political discussions often become inflamed with nasty rhetoric and accusations, and people end up hurting each other. In a commendably eclectic community like the church I pastor, shouldn't it be possible to work though a book like this one, discussing various issues and seeking to gain a faith perspective on them, listening carefully to those who differ from us with an eye towards understanding?


At 20/2/08 14:32, Blogger bunabear said...

Once again your post inspires and challenges me. While on his book tour for Great Awkenings, Jim Wallis spoke here in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral in early February.

---Is this inconsistency principled in some way, or just a double standard?---

What a great question. Thank you for wanting to have a conversation about the "Politics of Faith". Such a conversation could maybe lead to a better understanding of the place of “faith in politics”.

At 22/2/08 10:31, Blogger LadyBee said...

. . . shouldn't it be possible. . .
Yes, it should and we should try.

At 26/2/08 08:44, Anonymous KPT said...

I would be very interested in discussing politics and faith. It seems that there are moral issues that both parties take which should be weighed equally.


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