On which side of the house does Jesus stand?
Or does he speak out of both sides of his mouth - the flavor of the day? What applicability is there to the recent (perhaps recurring) partial budget shutdown of the U.S. government?
Thanks to those who have weighed in to our opinion poll of Spirituality & Politics. The survey posed six questions:
Q1 – In the midst of political standoffs (like the partial Government shutdown), do you think your spiritual faith has any advice to offer to those active in the public arena?
Q2 – If you answered “yes” to Q1, what is your advice.
Q3 – If you answered “no” to Q1, what is missing that might be relevant or otherwise useful to the political dialogue?
Q4 – Politically, how far to the left or right do you lean — or somewhere in the middle (like independent)?
Q5 – Spiritually, would you describe yourself as a fundamental or evangelical Christian, mainline or progressive Christian, non-religious, or other?
Q6 – Whether or not related to your political or spiritual preferences, how do you think political conflicts are best resolved?
Check out the detailed responses to these questions by clicking on our current blog link: Spirituality & Politics
If the responses represent a reasonable cross-section of opinion, there may be yet hope for our bold but imperfect American democratic experiment. With talking, listening and compromise as American as apple pie. And if, at the end of the day, we let our pragmatic instincts prevail over the more momentary lapses of political, religious or other ideological fervors.
“And if a house is divided against itself,
that house cannot stand.”
- Jesus of Nazareth, per Mark 3:25
“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth?
I tell you, not at all, but rather division.”
- Jesus again, per Luke 12:51
And for perspectives on other topics
pertinent to the Jesus of history
and yet relevant today,
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