Today we pause from our 31 Short Spiritual Practices, to reflect on election day!
I do not presume to suggest to you what you should vote for; I am sure you have heard the phrase that "religion and politics should not mix". But, I can't help remembering how political Jesus was - he literally stood up against the political force of his day, and was arrested and tried as a political prisoner.
And so, on this election day, I share with a poem from "Prayers for a Privileged People" by Walter Brueggemann.
The Noise of Politics
We watch as the jets fly in
with the power people and the
the money people,
the suits, the budgets, the billions.
We wonder about the monetary policy
because we among the haves,
and about the generosity
because we care about the have-nots.
By slower modes we notice
Lazarus and the poor arriving from Africa,
and the beggars of Central Europe, and
the throng of environmentalists
with their vision of butterflies and oil
of flowers and tanks
of growing things and
We wonder about the peace and war,
about ecology and development,
about hope and entitlement.
We listen beyond jeering protesters and soaring jets and
faintly we hear the mumbling of the crucified one,
feeding the hungry
and giving drink to the thirsty,
about clothing the naked,
and noticing the prisoners,
more about the least and about the holiness among them.
We are moved by the mumbles of the gospel,
even while we are tenured in our privilege.
We are half ready to join the choir of hope,
half afraid things might change,
and in a third half of our faith
we turn to You,
and your outpouring love
that works justice and
binds us each and all to one another.
So we pray amid the jeering protesters and soaring jets,
we pray amid the political noise.
Come by here and make new,
even at some risk to our entitlements.
Peace, and thoughtful voting,