From Pastor Kathy

After Labor Day, schools are in full swing (as much as the pandemic allows) and many community groups begin a new year. This year the political season heats up as we prepare for the November elections. Over the years, I have been told that Christians should not be involved in politics and pastors shouldn’t express their political opinions or even have one. I have also heard the opposite.  As United Methodists we take our political responsibility seriously. Our Social Principles has a section on Political Community which includes this assertion: The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens. The church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust.

Writer Jacues Ellul describes our responsibility in this way:  The Christian who is involved in the material history of this world is involved in it as representing another order, another master (than the prince of this world), another claim (than that of the natural heart of humans). Thus they must plunge into social and political problems in order to have an influence on the world, not in the hope of making it a paradise, but simply in order to make it tolerable.

I encourage us to plunge into this year’s election. Educate ourselves, question the candidates when we have the opportunity, and advocate in person and all kinds of media that people vote for propositions and persons who will work for the things that God cares about–justice, equality, true peace, care for the vulnerable among us to name a few. We are encouraged to vote as if Jesus were looking over our shoulder for he is. And this is also a time for us to pray. Pray for those who run for office that they might do so with honesty and integrity and are persons steeped in compassion for the vulnerable. Pray that those who win elections will serve with honesty, humility and wisdom. Pray for our nation that we might find a way to communicate across the political divide in which we find ourselves.

As always I am happy to talk with you about this or any other matter.

Blessings,

Pastor Kathy

 

 

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