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Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
From wherever my children have built their shelters, may their roads come in safety. May the forests and the brush stretch out their water-filled arms and shield their hearts. May their roads come in safety, may their roads be fulfilled. Amen. -- Zuni Prayer
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image." - Thomas Merton Thomas Merton + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. - Genesis 1:3-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
 Lord God, take my hand. It's me, begging you to take my hand. Just for today. Lift me up into the light of your love, so that I may see the reflection of my face in yours. Restore me to sanity. Fill me with your grace. Amen. -- "A Prayer for the Hardest of Times"
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
 "Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller  Helen Keller + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.  - Acts 2:44-45 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
Lord, we weep with those who weep and refuse to be consoled. May our tears mix with yours in a river of justice, flowing down like mighty waters, transforming the world that is into one that ought to be. Amen.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 14 weeks ago
1. My Year of ModestyWhat happens when you decide to live as if appearances really don’t matter? One woman’s quest to find out.2. The First Victim of September 11A fascinating portrait of the first person killed on September 11, 2001 — whom, as it happens, was an entrepreneur trained to combat terrorism.3. Which Niebuhr, President Obama?In 2007, the President professed his love for Christian ethicist Rienhold Niebuhr. But it’s Rienhold’s younger brother, H. Richard, whose argument for self-reflective “moral inactivity” has particular implications for the President on Syria.4. Letter to the Editor, from the PopePope Francis discussed his own faith in a letter written in response to editorials by the atheist founder of an Italian newspaper. The Pope also addressed themes of God’s mercy and Christian relations with Jews.5. This Is a Complete List of Wall Street CEOs Prosecuted for Their Role in the Financial CrisisThe Washington Post's Wonkblog hitches a ride on the lists-as-blog-posts train, featuring Homer Simpson...and a twist. Read up on what’s happened to Wall Street’s CEOs in the wake of the financial crisis.6. Learning Life Lessons from an ObituaryEver wondered what people will say about you when you enter eternal life? The family of Mary Agnes Mullaney honored her memory by passing along her love of life in this obituary.7. The Ups and Downs of Fighting for Gender EqualityLaura Barton of The Guardian reflects on Harvard Business School's nurturing of female students. Bottom line: while there have been great improvements in equality, we've still got a long way to go. 8. Syria's 99 percent: The Problem with Focusing on Chemical WeaponsIf Assad agrees to forsake sarin, how can we intervene if he continues to slaughter civilians while technically playing by our rules?9. Smoking Spells High Cost Under Affordable Care ActAs the Affordable Care Act comes closer to going into effect, tobacco use is one provision that raises costs for people under the new plan. “Tobacco disproportionately targets low-income communities.”10. Obama, Seacrest, and Our War Against IndifferenceIt might not surprise you that despite wars and rumors of war, many of us are more concerned that our favorite TV shows may be interrupted by breaking news from the President. Brian Konkol argues that this indifference to indifference is one of our major spiritual challenges today.
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 15 weeks ago
 "In violence we forget who we are." - Mary McCarthy  Mary McCarthy, On the Contrary + Sign up to receive our quote of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 15 weeks ago
The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. - 1 Samuel 2:4-5 + Sign up to receive our social justice verse of the day via e-mail
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 15 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 15 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 16 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 16 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 16 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks ago
Posted by God's Politics Editor 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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 1 year 17 weeks 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