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WHERE IS THE VOICE OF THE CHURCH PART II

Some will argue that the Church has no business in contemporary politics.  However, it was God’s design to institute national government, with the purpose of bringing order into society.  Further, it was God’s design to institute His Church, which is pre-eminent in society, to shepherd the lives of the Disciples of Christ to influence society.  If this is the case, then God not only seeks personal salvation but the social transformation of all places, through His Church and its influence on the political government of the day. 

Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it sounds because some of those who allegedly speak out for the Church contribute to the voices of discord that permeate our political arena.  Some of those voices clamor for ignoring the heart and character of those aspiring to the highest office of the land.  They clamor for what they deem is important, which is a show of bolster and outward swagger to bring security and prosperity to the American.  There is no assured security outside “the Word” that became “flesh” and dwelt amongst us.  Therefore, these alleged voices are not the voice of the Church.  The Church is the bride of Christ and its voice should be one voice with the voice of Christ.  This necessitates the rephrasing of the question: where is the voice of the true Church?  

The voice of the Church should advocate effectively, as this enables the Church act strategically.  The voice of the Church should denounce the voices of deceit permeating our political campaigns, where one thing is said on Wall Street, within the corridors of corporate power; and another on Main Street.  Where there is a “No Street” for communities within dilapidated infrastructures that reflect failed and broken promises; and a people unfulfilled that are best forgotten, not by the system but by people in power.  This is where the mandate of the Church lies, and here is where the voice of the Church is needed the most – to advocate for those who are marginalized, oppressed and best forgotten. 

Jesus was born into a life of deprivation to identify with the injustices done to the deprived.  His kingdom’s message was to bring good news to the poor and to set the oppressed free (Luke 4:18).  Through the power of His love He overcomes the trials and travails of oppression and injustice. 

Therefore, the voice of the Church needs to resonate within the political arena to inform all that the right relationship with God is not possible where the welfare of the wider community is ignored.  That God’s Love allows us the experience of sharing our mutual worth and value as humans. 

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WHERE IS THE VOICE OF THE CHURCH - PART I

   The discordant voices that permeate our presidential election cause the unsuspecting observer to wonder: what is right and what is true.  The Prophet Isaiah sums this up rightly when he states: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”  (Isaiah 5:20)  These words spoken by Isaiah ages ago reflect the voices that reverberate in our political landscape today.  .

   The most prominent voice of discord in this election has given us a dark, loathsome and divisive picture of what America’s future should hold.  This voice rhythmically spews hate under the cover of “law and order”, while it subliminally echoes segregation under the cover of “stop and frisk”.  This vile combination of hatred and separation, which has gained some traction within certain segments of the society, is not new to our political discourse. These words have previously been voiced under the guise of fighting crime in poor neighborhoods.  They have also been voiced as policy under the pretense of obliterating the effects of drug use by the underprivileged youth. However, as shown in the past; those it portends to protect represent those it harms the most.  And they are the black and brown children, the minority, and those on the fringes of our society.  This should raise issues of serious concern for the Church.

   The recent disclosure of the character flaws that beholds the voice of hate interestingly has not swayed the core of its hardened supporters and believers.  They see as non-negotiable the need to pull back the history of race and gender relations.  Therefore, a stronghold of resistance in the redemptive process of race and gender relations still persists, when we have voices that justify such flaws.  On the one hand these voices argue that the flaws are only human; while on the other they argue for the need to overlook them because there are more important issues to address.  Hence the question: where is the  voice of the Church.

   Let it be known that we all have flaws, and we all remain a work of God’s redemption under His grace.  True repentance requires seeking forgiveness and a change of heart.  As such, an apology made with the intent of seeking repentance for wrong words or deeds become hypocritical when it is offered only to satisfy self-serving purposes.  This becomes obvious when the pattern of bad behavior continues to be exhibited and remains a consistent trend after the apology.

   The Bible informs us that out of the abundance of the heart come the words that are spoken; and as such God looks at the human heart.  Luke 6:45 tells us that: “ A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of”.  As a result injustice starts out with the wrong narrative.

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