How should a church connect with presidential elections?

This is a big question especially in a year when an election feels especially polarized.

Here the words of Jim Wallis seem especially appropriate…

Churches are not to go to the right or to the left.  They are to go deeper.

That hits it for me.

If we don’t focus on that “third way” of “deeper” we can easily lapse into extremism with all its dangers…

Extremism is rarely the thing we need.

Absolutes let us off the hook, because they demand not to be negotiated. But absolutes usually bump into special cases that are truly hard to ignore.

The good middles, the difficult compromises that matter, that’s where we can build things that have long lasting impact.

We need a compass and a place to go. But the road to that place is rarely straight and never absolute.

(Seth Godin)

 

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