I am a member of the American Baptist Ministers Council. I get mailings and emails from time to time and while some of it is good reading little really catches my attention and gives me pause to think or wrestle with deeper issues. This morning I opened the June 2016 newsletter and Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Executive Director had penned a piece I wish I could call my own. I have been wrestling to find the words to explain and express my frustration and concern over what I am watching and hearing in our political discourse and could not find the words…at least words Nancy would let me say in public. Dr. Jackson has found the right words, words worth reading and sitting with for a while. As I read her piece I understand it to be a call to prayer, a call to people of faith to speak, move, live in such radically different ways that we transform the political discourse within our communities. “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done…on Earth as it is in Heaven!”
Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, Executive Director ABCUSA Minister’s Council – June 2016
Disclaimer: This is not meant to be a partisan political piece. Oh sure, there are politics involved. And yes, I am a political junky who loves presidential politics. However, this is not the time or the place. There is a bigger issue here for me.
I was listening to a commentator talking about the presumptive Democratic and Republican candidates and as he spoke, I heard a sigh escape from his mouth. I understood. This is going to be the nastiest, ugliest presidential race that I can remember in my lifetime and I, for one, am not looking forward to it. What I am looking for is Jesus. I’m trying to find Christ in political life and I will tell you that I’m pretty hard pressed to do it.