Faith and Politics

Article first appeared in The Gardner News on July 30, 2016

When in good company we are told to never talk about religion and politics.  Well today I am going to talk about both, specifically I am going to talk about how my church helps me see the world of politics.  I am not going to tell you how to vote, I would never do that.  I believe that we have the freedom to vote for whom we believe will serve our country the best.

But I will tell you that as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) I have certain ways that I live my life. My faith plays an important part of who I am, what I believe and how I see the world.

I grew up in the Lutheran church and there have been mo­ments in my life when I have looked into other churches and moments when I have considered leaving the church all together. But I have come back to the ELCA time and time again be­cause I truly believe that God is active in the world and that God is active in the church.

So here are some things that I love about my church and things that help me wade through what some have called the “political me­ss” that our country is experiencing right now.

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