It seems the loudest voice in the Judeo-Christian tradition is the white “evangelical christian” voice. The problem is that this voice is not evangelical in the true sense of spreading the life giving word of God. Neither are they Christian in their following of Jesus’ words and teachings. They are a socio-political block with a conservative political agenda designed to roll back human rights (especially women’s rights), reproductive rights, care for the poor and disadvantaged and stewardship of the environment while catering to the richest members of society.
As we go to the polls on Tuesday, here are some thoughts to ponder:
- “The arc of the universe bends toward justice.” (William Sloane Coffin)
- Love is the essence of every major religious tradition in the world.
- Spirit is the holy in all of us and in creation.
- Creation reveals God.
- We are God’s agents of love, peace and justice in the world.
- The teachings of Jesus are our guide and guard.
- Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew. There is no room for anti-Semitism in the Christian faith.
- Jesus was a person of color. There is no room for racism in the Christian faith.
- Mere tolerance is a low bar for people of faith.
- The first and second testaments stand on equal ground.
- The Bible inherently favors the poor and disadvantaged.
- Jesus’ harshest judgements were focused on the wealthy and the religious leaders who colluded with them.
- The Christian life is a life of dissent against the injustice of the world.
- All paths to God are equally valid; those who claim the name of Christian choose one path among many.
- We are called to preach the gospel at all times and, if necessary, to use words (St. Francis of Assisi).
- Healthcare is a right not a privilege.
- Those working full time should earn enough to support their family.
- There is enough for everyone’s need, not everyone’s greed.
- The world would be a better place if humans practiced what they preach when they claim the name of Christian.
- The gospel agenda is non-partisan.
- We cannot give into the politics of despair, fear and powerlessness.
Vote the values of the gospel.