In Dædalus, (a publication of the American Academy of Arts & Science) David E. Campbell wrote an article entitled “The Perils of Politicized Religion.” He writes, “Now, however, it appears that politics has come to infuse the relations between religious and secular Americans. It is one thing to have a political disagreement with your family, neighbors, and friends: those political differences are couched in personal relationships that subsume politics. In our current state of polarization, fewer and fewer Americans have such crosscutting social relationships. Americans’ party preferences align with where they live, where they shop, and the media they consume. Add to this an alignment with one’s religious or secular worldview and those divisions burrow even deeper. There is another reason why the politicization of religion should cause alarm for religionists and secularists alike: the weakening of religion’s prophetic voice on matters of public policy, both in the sense of looking ahead and commenting critically on the present day. However, religious leaders can only speak prophetically if religion is not seen as merely an extension of partisanship. Religious leaders must be willing to transcend partisan divisions as they speak to the problems of our day.” I’ve spent a good bit of time on my thinking chair pondering how am I speaking to the problems of today? What is preventing me from commenting more critically on those issues?  (I can’t wait until Friday.)

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:28
“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.”

Reflection Questions:
Who are the prophets of today?
What causes you alarm?
How is the church speaking to the problems of today?

Prayer: Holy God, help me first to listen and let me be aligned to a worthy path leading toward deepening relationships. Let my voice speak to the problems of today and to the needs of others. Amen.