A friend (who happens to be an accomplished artist) posted this on Facebook. Having been a writer and photographer all my adult life, i can attest to the fact that Vonnegut is spot on. The act of creating is powerful. Creating art does far more than make life bearable. It provides a joy that is soul deep.
I get an almost constant stream of comments from many in my congregation that they would prefer that my sermons were less political. My response is that if a sermon isn’t political it’s not relating to what’s real and immediate for us.
If our spirituality doesn’t help inform who we are as citizens we have created a false dichotomy. Our values should come from our beliefs. Those values should be what guide us in the choosing of who we desire to serve us as elected officials.
John Wesley stated it plainly. We need to exercise our freedom to vote. It’s a gift many do not enjoy. We need to vote for the person who most closely reflects our values. And then, we need to demonstrate the love of Christ and not engage in trash talking the opposition candidates or their supporters.
Personally, I have the most difficulty with that last piece of advice. As a disciple of Jesus I am called to be an ambassador of love and an agent of reconciliation. That makes trash talk off limits, and I admit I’m not there yet. It’s an area in which I am still working…