Monday, January 23, 2012
Some Political, or Not-So-Political, Thoughts
Once upon a time I was a political science major, spending my summers working in Washington, D.C. both on and off Capitol Hill. It was a time when I found public policy endlessly fascinating and felt important because of the tours I gave, articles I wrote and hands I shook.
(side note - of all the people I met and hands I shook, the most exciting was definitely the day I literally ran into Muhammed Ali as I was giving a tour in the Hall of Statues. His hand completely encompassed mine and I'm not even sure I got words out. A-mazing!)
But this morning I overheard myself saying to my husband, "Well, at least the commercials can stop in South Carolina. Poor Florida." Who was that person?
Truth is, I still enjoy politics. I make it a priority to vote because I think it's a privilege, and if you get me far enough away from my role as pastor I'm more than happy to wax eloquent on my views about why small government matters. But I made a choice, or rather a discovery, near the end of my time in college - I was far more passionate about and believed much more in the difference the Church can make in the world than government and politicians. And if I was going to expend my energy and time in a specific arena fighting corruption, abuse, mis-informed ideas, hurt and suffering, I was going to do it in the Church.
The Church as an institution made up of imperfect human beings is broken, much like the government. However, the Church still has a leader worth following, a leader who still believes in the Church and a leader who is willing to sacrifice popularity, political gain and His very life and His name is Jesus.
I choose to work for Him. I choose to follow Him. My hope is in Him.