Stumping for Values

The day after the election,

The day after the election, the Sojourners and Call to Renewal staffs had our regular monthly chapel service. There was a lot of discouragement about the outcome of the election and fears about what a second Bush term would mean for many vulnerable people, even though there had never been great enthusiasm in our building for the rather visionless campaign of Democrat John Kerry.

In my sermon that day, I focused on Psalm 46, which says, "The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts" and ends with these words, "Be still, and know that I am God!" After the sermon we had a period of shared reflection and then prayer together. We aren’t political partisans, and are often critical of both Left and Right, but most of us did not want to see this election outcome. But as I said that day, "As Christians, we never know what God is up to."

I had no idea how true those words would come to be. The election results and a flawed exit poll question quickly sparked a national discussion on faith and "moral values." We have been in the middle of it ever since. I expected some post-election rest and quiet after the long, hard work done by our staff members during the campaign period. But since the election, the activity in our office has skyrocketed. Almost every day we receive invitations to do media interviews; the Democrats are calling for help in serious reassessment after a sobering defeat; the progressive religious community is mobilizing even more than before the election; churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries are calling to ask for help in understanding "faith and politics"; and our magazine and online readers are contacting us to offer even more support for a mission they say is "now more important than ever!"

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Sojourners Magazine February 2005
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