Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WHOSE VALUES ARE WE VOTING FOR?

Both the Old and New Testaments make clear that some of God's primary concerns do not make the Top Ten list of religious group voter guides. Those who presume to speak for "values voters" and seek power in American politics don't mention the following Word of God challenges: Poverty. Violence. Militarism. War. Hunger. Absence of peace. Injustice for the innocent. Abuse of power and privilege. Life crushing debt. Wrongful imprisonment and torture. Ignoring/stereotyping the stranger. Blocked access to health care and healing possibilities. The list goes on.

If these are unmistakable primary concerns in the Bible, I must ask the question: why are they not primary concerns for people who say we read and live by the Bible? If a voter guide identifies anti-abortion as pro-life, why does it not address other equally moral and Biblical pro-life issues: militarism, war, weaponry, capital punishment, domestic violence, human trafficking, preemptive war policy, etc.?

It seems to me that those of us who claim to know Jesus better than others would do well to get to know the Bible better ourselves. As we do, more of us will discover that we are being unmistakably called to realign our personal and political priorities and passions. As we do, more of us will be called upon to recant our unholy alignments with political wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. As we get to know what concerns God most repeatedly and thoroughly throughout a multi-millennial cosmic recovery effort, more of us will be challenged to break with both the dominant culture and the pseudo-evangelical subculture and to live with radical abandon the Kingdom that is within us, among us, and still yet to come.

Read Five Considerations I Make When I Vote

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