Speaking of a public GodBy Dick Benner
“God is personal but never private,” he claims. In an age of private spiritualities, however, “the voice of the public God can scarcely be heard.” Can the devotees of private religion, he asks, even understand the politics of God?
Too many of us, concerned about the moral breakdown in the home, community and nation, have identified with the religious right and its alignment with politicians who promise quick-fix solutions.
On the other hand, some of us have become cynical about the political process, a state of mind that Wallis calls “a buffer against commitment.”
The way out of this dilemma, he says, is to form a new movement of Christians determined to “change the wind.” We need a religious community that raises a public voice, inspired by the prophets and Jesus, to lift up those marginalized by the greed of corporate elites.
This sounds like a sound movement to join.
Dick Benner, a university assistant professor of communication, teaches journalism and directs the Shalom Foundation of Harrisonburg, Va., publisher of every-home newspapers for churches.
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