At RevGals Sally invites us to "think about the mix of faith and politics:"
1. Jesus a political figure: discuss...
By default, he was a political figure. Faith is all about relationship: with God, with ourselves, and with each other. Politics is about power. It's not possible to be in right relationship with God when we aren't in right relationship with others, and that includes being the voice for those who have no access to power. To live faithfully, in my view, means to advocate for the powerless. Matters of social justice cannot help but become political. Such is life.
2. Politics in the pulpit, yes or no and why?
No, not outright. If I am to be pastor to all, then I believe that I need to limit the barriers my parishioners might perceive that could prevent them from coming to me for, or receiving from me, pastoral help. I address political issues by emphasizing portions of scripture in a context that makes them transferable to a political situation.
3.What are your thoughts on the place of prayer in public life...
I have no problem with prayer in public life as long as all faiths feel welcome and included. I have yet to spend enough time thinking about the argument made by atheists that public prayer marginalizes those who don't have a belief system.
4.Is there a political figure, Christian or otherwise that you admire for their integrity?
Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter. And, don't laugh, Henry VIII.
5.What are your thoughts on tactical voting, e.g. would you vote for one individual/party just to keep another individual/ party form gaining power?
I really haven't given much thought to this at all.
Bonus: "O day of peace that dimly shines." I love this hymn. Wish there was more occasion to sing it.
Interesting setting given our topic for today.
O day of peace that dimly shines
through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
guide us to justice, truth, and love,
delivered from our selfish schemes.
May the swords of hate fall from our hands,
our hearts from envy find release,
till by God's grace our warring world
shall see Christ's promised reign of peace.
Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb,
nor shall the fierce devour the small;
as beasts and cattle calmly graze,
a little child shall lead them all.
Then enemies shall learn to love,
all creatures find their true accord;
the hope of peace shall be fulfilled,
for all the earth shall know the Lord.