Spiritual Formation Pastor
On Saturday we, along with many municipalities across the country, had the opportunity to vote for the leadership of our community. Politics often falls into that awkward “do not talk about in public” category that sex, religion, and money reside in. People go all funny when it’s brought up—they get passionate or defensive, highly opinionated or dismissive—and the topic can sour a good natured conversation rather quickly. Christian apologist C. S. Lewis had a strong distaste for politics, as seen in such memorable quotes as this one:
A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion; to ignore the subject may be fatal cowardice for one as for the other. But if either comes to regard it as the natural food of the mind—if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else—then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become itself a new and deadly disease.
You can almost imagine Lewis holding his nose while he was writing! But his take on politics only suggests that Christians should be cautious about how much it occupies their values and purposes. To be involved in politics is not the unforgivable sin! In fact, the idea of Christians engaging the political process as a desire to be good citizens and serve their community is admirable. That’s why I would like to commend Jerome Chung and Stephen Johnston who have put their neck on the line in the recent campaign. It takes guts to run for office! Thanks for providing excellent examples of how to engage our local community.
I want to welcome Ralph and Carrie Peters as our guest speakers this Sunday. The Peters have a long history with Emmanuel, serving on our staff and being missions partners with us for many years. Make sure you take a moment to greet them this morning. Also, we’re going to be passing around copies of the directory this morning. Please find your name in it and make sure all of your information is correct before we publish it.