As I write, a vote is taking place in the Senate.
No matter where one stands on the vote, no matter which party wins, we’ve lost a hallmark of our democracy:
Civil discourse left a long time ago. Social Media hasn’t helped. Ways we fund political campaigns continue to make politicians in both parties beholden to moneyed groups with specific agendas.
Like many of you, I sat tethered to the television during the hearings. I wept for the Fords and the Kavanaughs…two damaged, hurting families. But I also cried for all people wounded by sexual assaults ( me,too) who fear reprisal, further shame from disbelief and for our country, ripped apart by words, actions and inactions.
Today I read Eugene Peterson’s introduction to Proverbs in The Message. He writes:
“Wisdom is the biblical term for this on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven everyday living. Wisdom is the art of living skillfully in whatever actual conditions we find ourselves…Wisdom has to do with becoming skillful in honoring our parents and raising our children, handling our money and conducting our sexual lives, going to work and exercising leadership, using words well and treating friends kindly, eating and drinking healthily, cultivating emotions within ourselves and attitudes toward others that make for peace. Threaded through all these items is the insistence that the way we think of and respond to God is the most practical thing we do.”
Where is God really in today’s politics?
Does the repeal of or affirmation for Roe v. Wade justify by any means possible?
If we banded together, like Pharisees, armed with stones to destroy our chosen sinners, what would Jesus do?
What might Jesus write in the sands we’ve drawn our line in?
After reading, would we head for the nearest bar, confessional or voting booth?
Wisdom weeps, watches and waits.
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