Sunday, September 14, 2008
2 Prayers for the (Pearl of Great) Price of 1
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Sometimes it's hard to find much brotherly love on the campaign trail, particularly in a hard-fought, high-profile race for an open seat in the U.S. House.
But that's exactly what the pastor of Montgomery's First Baptist Church, the Rev. Jay Wolf, hopes he sees in abundance as two of his church's deacons campaign for the right to represent Alabama's 2nd District in Congress.
Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright, the Democratic Party nominee, and state Rep. Jay Love of Montgomery, the GOP nominee, are running for the south east Alabama seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Terry Everett.
Read all about the dueling deacons, via USA TODAY.
As political scientist D'Linell Finley, a Baptist minister, said: "I would reaffirm that both have a duty as citizens to participate in the political process. But I would point out that the political process is not part of the church and they should make every effort to keep politics out of the church," Finley said.
ER says: Amen. May it not be too late to turn back.
Prayer of Confession today at church.
Lord of Life, we come before you in a world torn by division, distrust, and partisan rancor. We are divided into "teams" that war against others over the most insignificant and trivial matters -- because it's all about winning.
Help us to remember the God of impartiality that we serve, and to come together before it's too late. In the name of Jesus our Teacher and Lord we pray, Amen.
Scripture Reading: Romans 14: 1-12.
Prayer of Confession last week:
Lord of Life, how are we to love our neighbor when we do not even know our neighbor? How are we to fulfill a higher law when we so often fail to abide by existing laws? How are we to live as children of the light when we still so often accept and even participate in darkness?
The call to live as Christians is a call to live as resident aliens in the world, to repudiate violence, to practice forgiveness, and to offer radical hospitality. Can we do this in a world that still glorifies war and violence? Help us, we pray, to consider whether war and Christianity are incompatible. In the name of Jesus our Teacher and Lord we pray, Amen.
Scripture reading: Romans 13: 8-10.
Jesus is running for office in Alabama?
Dueling Deacons, love that line, reminds me of a long ago fist fight in the church parking lot I saw once in my little home town. Two Baptist Deacons kicking the s..t out of one another cause one backed into the other. They hated each other till both were dead.
Maybe they forgave but remembered? ... Probably not.
Well, the church IS full to the brim with selfish sinners.