I am a recovering "professional Christian." I'm seeking a community of faith (and of questioning faith) that is more inclusive, radically ecumenical and inter-faith, less bureaucratic, less doctrinal and tribal, more loving, less institutional and denominational, for worship that is more experiential and eclectic, and that seeks wisdom from a variety of wise people and world religious traditions.
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In answer to a question from a Facebook friend about politics in church, I offered this response:
Because we are "affiliated" with the Eternal Christ, perhaps it's better to answer the question "Who are you voting for" with these kinds of answers: I'm voting for the working poor. I'm voting
for expanded access to affordable healthcare. I'm voting for policies that protect, honor, support,
and enable people's lives (and the life of the planet) for all of their/our lives, not merely or simply
their right to be born. I'm voting for a humane, simple, dignity-affirming process of immigration.
I'm voting for the restoration of government agency employees training for earth care, interracial
conversation and reconciliation. I'm voting for the rights and equality of women. I'm voting for police reform and the disproportionate effects of systemic racism on black and brown people.
I'm voting for "the least of these."
I appreciate the many wise and prophetic people who have written similar perspectives, like Brian McLaren who started promote voting based on Matthew 25 - responding to those in need like they were (and are) Jesus, welcoming strangers, offering food and clean water, visitation of those in prison and healing presence for those who are sick, clothing the threadbare, and providing shelter to the homeless.
We dare not separate our spiritual selves and sensibilities from our political preferences, personalities, and policies. Vote the people who advocate for and have a history of interceding for these.