Word from the Pastor
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or Independent it is necessary to understand what a spirituality means to the whole of “… one nation under God.” Since a greater majority of the nation claims an allegiance to a supernatural being, spirituality remains a significant matter. It even seems to be especially pertinent at precisely this time in history. A growing number of people have a limited or no religious affiliation yet still claim to believe in some kind of deity, suggest an unprecedented shift in the American religious landscape, and many scholars who have sought to understand this phenomenon have indicated that something other than spirituality have captivated American’s outlook, interpretation, and conclusions. The identity of being an American has seriously been placed in a state of numbness and negativity. We might seriously ask the question, does religion or spirituality or both play any longer an important role in the progress and make-up of our American society anymore? It seems that the role of spirituality and religion has been squeezed out of the concept of what now constitutes the establishment of an American democratic republic. Should we even consider God in governmental undertakings?
Consider all the debates in government about health care which have eviscerated social and political imaginaries of what it means for both bodies and societies to thrive in our modern-day world in a healthy and positive state of existence. The heated banter about the roles and responsibility of government and private interests in the administration of health care pointedly illustrate what has been a catalyst of enthusiastic engagement with different results even on both sides of the Canadian and United States border. Such sided issues rest upon, almost solely, the biochemical health of American citizens heavily based on the scientific methodological approach in an attempt to utilize the best kind of health care for the suffering of the body. The shaping and crafting of health care in the United States is devoid of any spirituality; and if spirituality would be employed it would it only serve to create a confusing rationale and cause for even greater possible dissension?
Even our perception of the environment draws attention to how intensely we manage our natural resources such as self, other, nature, and God. Do they have anything to do with each other in this day and age or should we just treat each item separately? The political separation from such integral experiences is largely left to a tacit reality of divide and conquer. But the particular characteristics of such natural environmental experiences are solely left to state and static powers devoid of a providential and divine Creator as well as the innate design inherent in the existence of His creation. It suggests that the control of man is far better and beneficial without the intent of the designer. A political spirituality, unfortunately in a good way, would have little to do with thoughts about elitism, political thoughts about reelections, and rising through the ranks for official governmental posts for the sake of prestige. However, a political spirituality in politics would certainly have a mainstream effect on the personal and collective life of everyone living within the construct of an environment both internally and externally. What is best for human existence as designed by God? Would it be best for the governance of mankind to include the character and persona of a God?