Today. Let’s celebrate:
Today, millions of families welcome new children.
Today, many future spouses will say, “Yes!” to proposals of marriage.
Today, thousands of agencies are working for clean water, justice for the poor and community flourishing.
Today, the gospel is being preached, churches are being planted and many martyrs are receiving their eternal reward.
Today, neighbors of all faiths or none are helping each other.
Today, young women and men are discovering and dreaming of medical cures, technology serving humankind and spaceships to the stars.
Yes, there is divorce, famine, injustice, oppression and war…but sometimes we need celebration and gratitude.
Reactions are easy.
Reflections require patience and prayer, research and analysis.
American political conversations are poisoned with clichés, generalizations, recycled 1960s slogans and polarization.
There is a better way.
Here are some thoughts for our future:
Facts are inconvenient.
They ruin our ideological myths and narratives.
Critical thinking and empirical research are being buried under an avalanche of propaganda.
Dear friends on the Right,
Human history everywhere is a sinful record of conquest and power seeking.
It is also filled with saintly, sacrificial exceptions worthy of celebration.
Please be unafraid when facing our nation’s difficult history and current systemic injustices.
Dear friends on the Left,
Marxism is a bankrupt ideology and will never work in practice, for it suppresses individuality and crushes the spirit.
As you rightly critique institutional injustice, please do not avoid examining individual iniquity and use some of your energy to hold people accountable for moral actions.
Dear thoughtful friends, Instead of polemical screeching, how about prayerful dialogue?
Instead of hating Hillary and Donald, why not forge concrete solutions for freedom and safety (they are there waiting for discovery)?
Above all, let’s recognize that there are no lasting victories without moral and spiritual renewal and shared values.