We live in frightening times. Our children are afraid to go to school. People are being killed in public places every week. Large groups of people panic whenever they hear a noise that sounds like a gun. Although most Americans want something done, politicians will not do anything because they receive money from the gun interests. They choose money over human life.
Storms are getting worse and causing ever more damage. The weather is hotter each year and is causing much harm in all parts of the world. Unfortunately, we have politicians who do not even believe in the scientific research on global warming. They even make fun of those trying to take care of our planet for generations to come as God asked us to do in Genesis.
Our leaders continue to get rich off the suffering and oppression of the working people. America is nolonger the guiding light shining in the darkness. However, we can change things. We can start electing candidates who follow Jesus’ teachings. We can turn the hateful speech into love again and follow the Divine moral compass to a deeper spirituality.
To help us in the upcoming elections, the National Council of Churches of Christ, USA, has released, “Christian Principles in an Election Year.” The document contains 10 guiding principles to help people of faith and others exercising their right and duty as American citizens.
Our Christian faith compels us to address the world through the lens of our relationship to God and to one another.
We enhance public discourse when we engage civic leaders on the values and ethics affirmed by our faith. Simultaneously, religious liberty and the integrity of our democracy will be protected as candidates refrain from using faith-based organizations and institutions for partisan gain.