Most of us have heard the saying: “Never talk about Religion or Politics…” However, I am learning that if we never talk about religion or politics then we will never get to the root causes of our deepest suffering, and we will fail to be the people we were created by God to be. Now, I don’t mean to imply that religion or politics are the root issues that cause us pain, rather it is the idea that there are “some things” that we should not discuss.
But in changing my path – I can change paths for others. I can make a conscious decision to act in ways that lessen the suffering of others in the world. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to do just this – to alleviate the suffering of others, to walk in compassion, side by side, with those who are disadvantaged by the way things work currently.. And the best way to do that is to listen to the issues they face and to discuss with them a way to move forward. Many times we will discover that there is an unjust law that gives one group an upper hand or a religious interpretation that causes us to exclude another. Now you may say; “but we can never make everyone happy” and that is true. But our goal is not to make everyone happy – our goal is to bring redemption, to recognize everyone’s dignity, to include the voices of all people, to reveal the love and light of God to all people.
Let’s face it, Politics and Religion are two uncomfortable topics to discuss, but there are folks in all our communities who are living very uncomfortable lives. For their sakes, perhaps we need to work through our discomfort and grow in ways that help them and us.