Of course, Christians should be good citizens! That is just common sense, most
Americans think. We want to expose our kids to religion so they'll turn out good and
learn values. Side-by-side this point of view is the belief that the key to improving our
nation is to teach our members Christian virtues. A lot of our nation's problems would be
addressed, it is said, if we had more virtuous citizens. That is why the church needs to
concentrate on (prioritize) teaching virtues, on nurturing good citizens, and not on
advocating particular political-structural solutions.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.