BIG QUESTIONS: FAITH & POLITICS
Whatever happened to the separation of religion and state? It has arguably become a fine and sometimes permeable boundary in the past 50 years. The reasons for this shift are several, and historians have interesting debates on the causes.
One of the leading Biblical scholars of our time, Walter Brueggemann, has some insight to offer. He suggests that part of what has occurred is that we have encountered a totalizing environment.
"The huge concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a small number of predators -- reinforced by a government that is responsive to that concentration of wealth and power and very much legitimized by establishment religion -- has created an environment that contains all the socio-economic possibilities and yields an ideology of conformity that is expressed as consumerism and supported by the mantras of militarism." Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture. 158.
What are people of faith to do in regard to the political sphere? Is is not as simple as voting for one party because they are the party of faith. How can we engage in the political sphere with authenticity and integrity? These are part of the BIG QUESTION: Faith & Politics. I hope to see you Sunday to explore these issues. After worship, look for the table with the sign, "Continuing the Conversation." Please invite anyone that you think would be interested in the topic.