October Prompt, 2016: Faith and Politics

Submissions are due on Friday October 28th. 

This month we thought it would be appropriate to delve into a relevant and complicated topic: faith and politics. We realize that this is a potentially charged topic, but we think that recognizing how  politics fit into our faith (and vice versa) is an important part of learning to engage with the world in a way that reflects God’s love. Because this is a subject about which people have intense feelings, we want to remind you to adhere to our conduct guidelines and refrain from insulting or alienating people groups or identities in your responses. We’d love to hear your thoughtful reflections about your relationship with politics and faith.

Below are some questions to get you started, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to email us at ignitedmag@gmail.com.

–What is your relationship with politics like? Do you consider yourself a political person? Why or why not? What (about your faith) motivates you to be politically involved or to withdraw from politics?

–What questions (if any) do you have about how to engage with politics in intentional ways?

–How have you engaged with local or national political organizing and actions? What was that like? Why did you choose to get involved?

–How does your faith inform your political leanings and action? What are the good truths of the gospel that you seek to uphold in your personal politics?

If you haven’t written for us before, please review our submission guidelines.

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3 thoughts on “October Prompt, 2016: Faith and Politics

  1. As a European watching American political behavior or misbehavior unfold one of the good things I note about this election is that it makes people think.

    Our press probably is as one-sided as everywhere, but for a long time it seemed to us here in Europe that WASP Americans would see no other option than voting Republickan, not even THINK about it (while black American Christians might vote for Democrats … I did not hear so many voices from this side – the Republican voices shouted louder across the Atlantic).

    Now with this present election the lines cannot be drawn as clearly as they used to be. You have one candidate who actually IS a Sunday school teacher and another one who even his supporters describe as “not a sunday school teacher”. Who is more “christian”? (and is “christian” an adjective?) One who stays loyal in marriage to an unfaithful partner and another one who does not. Who is more moral? One who does not values unborn life, one who does not seem to see much value in many adults? Who is closer to the values of Christ?

    With all of these and many other challenges the old pattern of good and bad, christian – not-christian do not fit any more… it is like trying to put a flower bag sewing pattern onto a flowing jersey fabric (sorry to those who are not into crafts for that comparison).

    I can see that making a choice now is hard for many of you.

    But one thing we see here in Europe is: These elections made you think! They make you discuss!

    Whereas in the past most American Christians seemed clear without a doubt who to vote for there now seems to be a lot of doubt. And I think that is a good thing.

    Questioning your own assumptions is a great thing. Not in the sense of always doubting and questioning – no one can live with that. But in the sense of reflecting from time to time why you think and believe what you do.

    From time to time we need to re-think
    – our values – our convictions how life is lived in the best way?
    – our ideas of leadership – what makes a good / wise / successful leader (and by the way what is more important: Good, wise or successful if you cannot have all three of them in one person)?
    – our priorities – what is more important to me (the environment or the treatment of women, the economy or welfare, liberty or equality…)

    From our perspective these elections are forcing many Christians in America to re-think about what is truly important to them. And I do hope that – even after election day – this discussion will not be aborted, but continue.

    Thinking through your positions will make you as Christians in America stronger – as not matter what or who you choose in the end – it will mean that you have worked through your opinions.

    So – no matter who wins in the end – you will when you re-think and re-eveluate your positions and find a firm stand of your own.

    In this sense I congratulate you all to these elections.

    All the best for you and your country!

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