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Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 1 day ago
"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger that its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold [that person] down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." - Marian Anderson Marian Anderson + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 1 day ago
 I lift my eyes to the hills — from where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 1 day ago
Give us, O God, a vision of your world as your love would make it; a world whose different people and cultures live in tolerance and mutual respect; a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is fired with love. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 2 days ago
On The Ground Put prayers on the ground, so many prayers that not a drop of blood can  find its way to the  earth, not a drop can leach into the soil or soul. Put your prayers on the ground. Make a place for God to walk among the horrors and  hopes. There  you will  find us standing in his wake,  knee deep in invocations   and possibilities. - Belle Fox-Matin Belle Fox-Martin + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 2 days ago
As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God? - 2 Samuel 22:31-32 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 2 days ago
God, grant us the faith to turn to you in prayer, and to seek your presence in our lives. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives. - Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
Do not be a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster. - Jeremiah 17:17 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 3 days ago
Dear God, we lift up our elected officials. During this time of difficult and serious decision making, we pray that you put a spirit of civility and reconciliation into the hearts of those called to lead our country. Give them discernment, humility, empathy, and willingness to put the common good above politics. Amen.  
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. - Billy Graham Billy Graham + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. - Psalm 37:37 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
God of peace, be a light to all people, especially those suffering in the pain and darkness of war. Soften the hearts of those who harm others, give perseverance to those in conflict, and grant wisdom and compassion to all in positions of leadership worldwide. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 32 weeks 6 days ago
1. When It's Too Big (A Reflection on Syria) Sometimes, all there is left to do is pray. Rachel Held Evans offers her prayer and an incredibly open lament in this piece on her blog.2. Seeing a Woman: A Conversation Between a Father and Son From Nate Pyle. Parents of boys: go ahead and put this one up on your fridge. "[A woman''s body] will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things it is because you chose to do stupid things. So don’t contribute to the fear that exists between men and women."3. Isn't It Time the Church Gave Singles a Break?  "Not everyone attending a Sunday service is married. We’re not all parents. We’re not all employed at nine-to-five jobs. And yet, while a majority of the Scripture applies to every single one of us, we spend a lot of time focused on responsibilities that don’t." Jayson Bradley has the four reasons churches shouldn't spend so much time preaching on marriage (and other "roles").4. Syria Explained: How it Became a Religious War Confused by the religious factions involved in Syria's civil war? CNN Belief Blog's Daniel Burke breaks it down for you.5. Immigration Reform: A Moral Imperative With Congress back in session next week, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan pens a clear-cut case for immigration reform and his desire to "keep families intact."6. Misery Loves Comedy Read an excerpt from Nadia Bolz-Weber''s new book Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint, which releases Sept. 10.7. Assad's Bizarre Instagram Account: Propaganda With a Comments Section The Atlantic offers us a peek into the strange Instagram world of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — one that paints a rosy picture of his war-torn country. The comments section, on the other hand, tells a different story.8. A Love Letter to My Body “Who was I to rail at you? To beat you down day after day after day? To abuse you in front of others? I never really saw you, did I?” This piece dates back to July, but it's a beautiful reminder to love the skin you're in, from SheLoves Magazine.9. Miley Cyrus' Contribution to Feminism "Women historically have been held to different standards of sexual expression than men, and when in doubt, blame the woman." Fair?10. When Bad Christians Happen to Good People Have you ever wondered what people on the other side of proselytizing think? Here's your glimpse — and how not to go about fulfilling the Great Commission — from John Shore at the Unfundamentalist Christians blog.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 8 hours ago
 First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.  - Thomas A. Kempis Thomas a Kempis + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 8 hours ago
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. - John 16:33 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 8 hours ago
God, we ask for your peace to transcend conflict. We ask not simply for a cessation of violence but for a reconciliation of relationships. Jesus, our Prince of Peace, we long to see your kingdom come on earth. Let it be so.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 1 day ago
It is a bigger miracle to be patient and refrain from anger than it is to control the demons which fly through the air. - John Cassian + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 1 day ago
 The law of the Lord is perfect and revives the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. - Psalm 19:7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 1 day ago
Lord, give us the imagination to dream and catch glimpses of the life you intend for us to live. Show us how our individual lives are entwined with those around us, and help us to live so truly together that we embody your good news in this world. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
Take heed, then, to come together often to give thanks to God, and show God's praise. For when you come frequently together in the same place, the power of Satan are destroyed and his fiery darts of sin fall back, worthless. For your unity and harmonious faith prove his destruction, and the torment of his assistants. Nothing is better than Christ's peace, by which all war, both of heavenly and earthly spirits, is brought to an end. - Ignatius of Antioch + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.    - James 2:26 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 2 days ago
 May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be always acceptable to you, O Lord, our strength and our redeemer. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
1. Watch Martin Luther King, Jr. Go on 'Meet the Press' in 1963 As part of NBC News' look back ''Remembering the Dream,'' David Gregory takes us back to 1963, when Martin Luther King, Jr., was preparing for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.2.  The Ethics of Syrian Military Intervention: The Experts Respond Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of the regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians. Would the “Just War” doctrine justify U.S. military action, and what is America’s moral responsibility?3. The Women Who Sang Out for Civil Rights "In our day and age, when young women make the news for singing and performing in vulgar, suggestive, and less than life-giving ways, the anniversary of the march is—among many things—a much needed reminder of the transforming power and legacy that women can have with their voices and with song," Enuma Okoro writes for Christianity Today's Her.Meneutics blog.4. When Miley Cyrus and I Were at Church "There is no place for finger-pointing by people who hide their sins in privacy at those that broadcast their mistakes to the world." David Moore at Fuller Theological Seminary's The Burner Blog puts judgey Christian bloggers in their place with this piece on Miley Cyrus' VMA performance heard 'round the world. 5. How Poverty Taxes the Brain Emily Badger at The Atlantic Cities points to an interesting new study on brain capacity and poverty. One chilling statistic: "the condition of poverty imposed a mental burden akin to losing 13 IQ points, or comparable to the cognitive difference that’s been observed between chronic alcoholics and normal adults."6. Seeking Nonviolent Solutions in Syria Writing in the July issue of Sojourners magazine, David Cortright outlined reasons why the U.S. should avoid military intervention in Syria. 7. Seamus Heaney: 10 Best Poems Irish Poet Seamus Heaney died in Dublin on Friday at the age of 74. The Telegraph compiled a list of his best works. 8. Hurricane Michele Bachmann? Groups Hope to Name Storms After Climate Change Deniers From Alex Brown at National Journal: a new petition from Project Name Change and 350+ Action Fund is asking the World Meteorological Organization  to change naming conventions to shame Congress members, like Sen. James Inhofe, who deny climate change — hoping for future weather reports like: "Marco Rubio is expected to pound the Eastern Seaboard."9. The Winners in Immigration Control: Private Prisons Aubrey Pringle at The Atlantic shines light on one big force behind anti-immigration reform efforts: the private prison lobby, which, according to the article, has shelled out $1 million on lobbying so far this year.10. Kid President Explains It All.  The latest installment from everyone's favorite child president shows more ways to make the world awesome. "EVERYONE DESERVES A PARADE."
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 33 weeks 6 days ago
 Sweet Lord, save us. Heal all that is broken in our lives, in our streets, and in our world. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 8 hours ago
American preachers have a task more difficult, perhaps, than those faced by us under South Africa's apartheid, or Christians under Communism. We had obvious evils to engage; you have to unwrap your culture from years of red, white, and blue myth. You have to expose, and confront, the great disconnection between the kindness, compassion, and caring of most American people, and the ruthless way American power is experienced, directly and indirectly, by the poor of the earth. You have to help good people see how they have let their institutions do their sinning for them. This is not easy among people who really believe that their country does nothing but good, but it is necessary, not only for their future, but for us all. - Peter Storey + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 8 hours ago
You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the Lord your God. - Leviticus 24:22 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 8 hours ago
 Merciful God, you must grieve over our broken earth as King David mourned the death of his disobedient son, Absalom. Break our own hearts with the things that break yours. Make us voices in the wilderness that cry out for your kingdom to come on earth. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's speech from the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.We rightly and best remember Dr. King’s soaring oratory that day, how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions; how he offered a salvation path for oppressed and oppressors alike.  His words belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time.But we would do well to recall that day itself also belonged to those ordinary people whose names never appeared in the history books, never got on TV.  Many had gone to segregated schools and sat at segregated lunch counters.  They lived in towns where they couldn’t vote and cities where their votes didn’t matter.  They were couples in love who couldn’t marry, soldiers who fought for freedom abroad that they found denied to them at home.  They had seen loved ones beaten, and children fire-hosed, and they had every reason to lash out in anger, or resign themselves to a bitter fate.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Truth crushed to earth will rise again. How long? not long! Because no lie can live forever. How long? Not long! Truth forever on teh scaffold, wrong forever on teh throne. Yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unkown standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch over his own. How long? Not long! Because the arc of the mortal universe is long but it bends toward justice. - Martin Luther King Jr. + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Get up and pray for help all through the night. Pour out your feelings to the Lord, as you would pour water out of a jug. Beg him to save your people, who are starving to death at every street crossing. - Lamentations 2:19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 1 day ago
Teach us to listen, Lord. Quiet the noise of our lives so we can hear your voice. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We would like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet, it is the law of all progress that it is made by  passing through some stages of instability — and that it may take a very long time. Above all, trust in the slow work of God, our loving vine-dresser. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. - Ephesians 2:19 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 2 days ago
 Steadfast God, perhaps one of the greatest mysteries is why you continue to entrust the work of your kingdom into our clumsy hands. But we are forever grateful that you do not want to change the world without us. May we become the church you dream of. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
Our vocation is to belong to Jesus so completely that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. What you and I must do is nothing less than putting our love for Christ into practice. The important thing is not how much we accomplish, but how much love we put into our deeds every day. That is the measure of our love for God. - Mother Teresa + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:11 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 3 days ago
Creator God, with joy and thanksgiving we celebrate that you made humans in your image, both male and female. We thank you especially today for those women in our lives through whom we have caught glimpses of your love. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
You know that you who are God's servants are living in a foreign country, for you own city-state is far away from this City-state. Knowing, then, which one is to be your own City-state, why do you acquire fields, costly furnishings, buildings, and frail dwellings here? Instead of fields, buy for yourselves people in distress in accordance with your means. It is far, far better to buy this kind of field, property, or building, which is quite different and which you can find again in your own City when you come home. This 'extravagance' is beautiful and holy; it brings no grief and no fear; it brings nothing but joy. - The Shepherd of Hermas + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart. - Jeremiah 24:7 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
God of mercy, you cast the mighty from their thrones and lift up the lowly. Free us from the ghettos of poverty and the ghettos of wealth that we might meet on level ground at the foot of the cross. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 34 weeks 6 days ago
Editor's Note: Daily Digest is now the Weekly Wrap! Sojourners' new weekly newsletter offers you the best stories from the week''s news that you may have missed. Enjoy this weekly dose of in-depth articles and commentary? Share with your friends and tell them to sign up HERE.1. One Dream — 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' Speech Time.com commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King''s historic speech with a beautiful multimedia essay, featuring file photo, video interviews, and archival coverage. 2. Toward a New Understanding of Modesty The Atlantic uncovers a broad movement in the Christian — and secular — communities to talk about modesty in new ways that acknowledge the problem of objectification of women and keys in on ways some Christian theologies on the topic of modesty is actually linked to rape culture. 3. Help Unwanted Texas Monthly — publishing from the home state of hardline voices like Rep. Ted Cruz — has the following take on the immigration debate. "Not only did we Texans deliberately leave the back gate unlocked, but for decades our businesses have avoided the legal consequences of employing undocumented workers by misclassifying them as ''independent contractors'' responsible for checking their own papers. It’s the height of hypocrisy to blame willing workers for breaking the law when they were so eagerly welcomed by their employers, no questions asked." 4. Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society "… I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan." Bradley Manning — the Army private who this week received 35 years for disseminating documents to WikiLeaks, and who has since indicated a desire to be known as Chelsea and live as a female — offered this statement on Wednesday, read by lawyer David Coombs. 5. Christians and the Myth of the 'Hookup Culture' Jonathan Merritt writes for Religion News Service about new data that debunks this generation''s supposed "hookup culture" — that young people are actually not being more promiscuous than their parents'' generation — and that many Christian''s assumptions about a downward moral decline are just incorrect. "How did so many Christians get this one so wrong?"6. Immigration Reformers Are Winning August The Atlantic talks about how the Republican efforts to stymie immigration reform over the August recess, led by Congress members like Rep. Steve King — who famously stereotyped young undocumented immigrants as drug mules — has largely fizzled out, as reform advocates are rallying at the local level. 7. Saying Goodbye to My Child, the Youngster "Eighteen years is not enough." Michael Gerson''s moving op-ed in the Washington Post about taking his eldest son to college made parents ''round the country tear up on Monday morning. Four days later, you''ll still want to grab your hankies before taking a read.8. The Party of No Compromise Sojourners magazine editor Jim Rice examines some Republicans'' attempts to prevent the Obama administration''s Affordable Care Act education efforts. "Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and whip John Cornyn sent a threatening letter to the NFL, saying that the football league shouldn’t help teach people about the health-care law because of the ''persistent unpopularity of this bill'' (conveniently ignoring the fact that once it’s enacted into law it’s no longer a ''bill'')." 9. Bob Filner vs. 'Mad Men:' Our View San Diego Mayor Bob Filner — the guy who at least 18 women have now accused of some form of sexual harassment or misconduct — will reportedly resign today after reaching a deal with the city. A 1986 Supreme Court ruling recognized sexually hostile workplaces as a thing. USA Today wonders why it is taking so long for some people to get the picture. 10. What I Won't Tell You About My Ballet Dancing Son Ashleigh Baker at ''A Deeper Story'' tells the tale of her ballet-loving 7-year-old son in this moving first-person piece. 
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 8 hours ago
A church that doesn't provoke any crises, a gospel that doesn't unsettle, a word of God that doesn't get under anyone's skin, a word of God that doesn't touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed — what gospel is that? - Archbishop Oscar Romero + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 8 hours ago
Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ. - Galatians 6:2 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 8 hours ago
 O God, our deliverer, we thank you that you have not left us alone. Thank you for the Spirit who intercedes for us. Give us wisdom beyond ourselves that we might see the path you have set before us. Grant us words that bring life to the broken, the suffering, the addicted, the lonely, and those who long for the fulfillment of your kingdom. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one's hands and say, 'Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.' And if the conflict grows fiercer say, 'Lord, help!' [God] knows very well what we need and [God] shows us [God's] mercy. - Macarius + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
[Jesus] came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord, are you going to wash my feet?' Jesus answered, 'You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.' Peter said to him, 'You will never wash my feet.' Jesus answered, 'Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.' - John 13:6-8 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 35 weeks 1 day ago
 LORD God, help us to live out your gospel in the world. Amen.