Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
Regardless of your political affiliation, we all are tired of the political gridlock! As persons of caring and compassion, confronted by the torment and toxic situations in our world today, we all crave for some direction to move us toward wholeness, justice, and peace. But how? By whom? The answer, I suggest is not in the “who”, but in the “how.”
John Buchanan – a long time friend, pastoral colleague, and editor of the Christian Century magazine – helped me articulate some of my feelings. In a recent editorial he shared a personal conversation he had with former Republican senator, John Danforth:
“What is missing in the current situation, Danforth said, is the virtue of putting the common good above personal gain…The churches are the one place in American culture where virtue can be taught…Religion keeps politics in proper perspective and teaches that political positions are not ultimate truth. Faith communities know that the greatest good and the deepest happiness is to give and not to get, and that personal gain is always secondary to the common good.”
Food for thought as we evaluate our own priorities, and as we work through the virtues being displayed in the political gridlock at all levels. May our faith empower us to live by the primary virtue of serving others instead of ourselves.