Politics. I hate them. Social politics, office politics, and the Red, White, and Blue variety are always a source of considerable angst for me. If there’s a way to avoid them, I will give it my all star effort.
I’ve experienced a significant amount of conviction about this avoidance posture. Seeing it’s an election year, I really should be expending greater energy than my habitual putting my head in the sand shtick. So of late, I’ve been engaging more in the who, what, and wherefores of D.C. and Sacramento.
You’d probably have to be blind and deaf not to have caught wind of this week’s Supreme Court decision on health care. My stomach tightens just typing that sentence. I love democracy. I hate when people suffer, especially when that is born out of powerlessness and poverty. So this decision has been going through the spin cycle of my heart as I try to have the mind of Christ about this issue. Sometimes I feel like my politics have a choke hold on my faith. Or is it the other way around?
Do you find your politics and faith wrestling it out?
Over at the Internet Monk this week, some really good questions were posed to help sort through some of this:
So, I simply want to know today (for the Christians who are commenting): how does your faith in Jesus shape your views on this issue?
- If you look at Jesus first,
- if you take time to think about the Story of the Bible and what it tells us about loving God and loving our neighbor,
- if you consider what wisdom it gives us regarding God, life, people, nations, faith, finances, good works, and other matters related to faith,
- if you think about the new creation that is coming and understand that what we do in this world is planting seeds for God’s new world to come,
then, how do such considerations shape your view and how should they shape our discussion and our contribution as Christians to a political issue like providing a good health care system for all people in the U.S.?
What are some things the Lord is teaching you about how to be engaged culturally as an instrument of His goodness, beauty, and truth?