Issues We Must Wrestle With

There are a number of hot-button issues, issues calling for the church’s attentiveness. Here are three I have been thinking a great deal about.

  1. Separation of Immigrant Families
  2. Deficit Spending
  3. Environmental degradation/ Global Warming

I start here with what I imagine to be a critical point … simply mentioning these issues is not taking a political side.  If churches have nothing to say about such issues however, we miss a huge opportunity.  What is that opportunity?

To start, the opportunity is not about the church pronouncing a definitive answer on each issue.  However churches are uniquely positioned to offer a perspective on “first things first”, one that invites further engaged (not enraged!) dialog and active involvement from all sides, and yet remains true to the Christian message as a “3rd way” between poles.  That is the opportunity.
And what might be germane from that Christian message, now several thousand years old?
  1. We must forever and always protect the most vulnerable in society
  2. We must value our planet and the blessings it brings
  3. We must be good stewards of our resources, taking the long term view, seeking to share and serve
  4. We must witness to the inherent dignity in all of God’s people
Compass points obviously.  But compass points that lead us home.
Church is never about purely private salvation.  It is about all of us … about a family, a community, a nation, a world, each caring for the other.

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