Earlier this week I watched the first 2016 presidential debate on TV with my two oldest kids. They are both very passionate about politics, so it was fun to watch their reactions to the things that were said. At the same time, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed by the political environment they are growing up in. Our nation seems to become more polarized and divided with every year, every election, and every campaign. Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon to find friends, families and even churches bitterly arguing about politics. In many cases, people either fight about issues or avoid discussing them at all: there is no middle ground where constructive conversation can occur.
I think it’s a real shame politics have become so divisive. As a citizen, I would like to see our nation live up to the highest ideals of democracy, including rational public discourse about important issues…which is not something I found much of in the debate. As a Christian, I would like to see people of various perspectives find respectful ways to witness to their beliefs…which is hard to do when the most common approaches to political discussion are either to argue stubbornly or to avoid the conversations altogether. And, as a parent, I would like to see my kids grow up in a world where people of various opinions can work together to create real solutions…instead of having two parties take turns being in power, while both try to block the other from accomplishing anything significant.
So, this October, while we all watch divisive political ads on TV, we are going to talk about unity and cooperation in worship. We will take a look at some of the big issues related to the present election, and study them through Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason. And, hopefully, we will have some constructive dialogue that will help us witness to our faith AND be responsible citizens. I look forward to seeing you all in worship this October, as we ask, How Would Jesus Vote?
Pastors Study The last Sunday of the month. Pastor Ryan will hold a discussion group to answer your questions and engage you in conversation on the past month’s scripture lessons.