October 2012 Synchroblog: Faith and Politics … What do you think?

21 Sep

No matter what you believe or don’t believe “faith in the public square” is something you probably have an opinion about. Here’s your chance to sound off!  The subject is wide open but here are some questions if you need help getting started:

Should a person’s faith impact their vote? What place does faith have in the public square today? Is it possible to detect the fruit of the spirit in public figures? Does our theology help us decide what voices to give weight to and what voices to ignore or do we tweak our theology in order to support our political and/or social preferences? How can we be faithful to our own beliefs and convictions and still do what is best for everyone? Is our faith a good reason to create legislation? Should we be concerned about the faith of our leaders? Does connecting faith and politics do more harm or more good? Do you think there should be more or less religious talk coming from those who hold or are seeking to hold political positions?

Share your perspective about faith and politics on your blog this month.  Post your links in the comment section of this post by 6pm on Tuesday October 9th and a link list will be published on Wednesday October 10th.

A special thanks to K.W. Leslie and Carol Kuniholm for inspiring this theme through their input via our Synchroblog survey!

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17 Responses to “October 2012 Synchroblog: Faith and Politics … What do you think?”

  1. wmccaig October 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Here is my post titled “We the People”, http://wendymccaig.com/2012/10/07/we-the-people/. I am traveling this week so I needed to get it up while I had the chance. I am really looking forward to reading everyone’s position on this topic.

  2. Carol Kuniholm October 8, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Here’s my post: http://wordshalfheard.blogspot.com/2012/10/pulpit-freedom-public-faith.html
    Thanks for picking up this topic. I’m happy to have the opportunity of seeing how others are responding to the challenge of faith and politics in such a divisive climate.

  3. Glenn October 8, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    When I think of politicians, I think of plumbers (and used car salesmen).
    Thanks for choosing timely and interesting topics.
    http://www.glennhager.com/2012/10/plumbers-and-politicians/

  4. Maurice Broaddus October 9, 2012 at 12:31 am #

    Conflating faith and politics … http://mauricebroaddus.com/?p=4092

  5. Sonja October 9, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    My post (hurray, I have one this month!) is:

    You cannot serve two masters …
    http://www.calacirian.org/?p=1291

  6. Jeremy Myers October 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    Here is my post for the synchroblog:

    http://www.tillhecomes.org/would-jesus-vote/

    Jeremy Myers – Till He Comes

  7. Jareth Caelum October 9, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Wow, barely made it in time.
    http://prayerpunk.com/2012/10/09/a-kingdom-not-of-this-world/

  8. Liz October 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

    Here’s my link: http://gracerules.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/i-am-a-christian-and-i-am-a-democrat/

    I will try and get the list of links up shortly. Thanks to all of you who have contributed. I look forward to reading your posts.

  9. kathyescobar October 9, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    here’s mine! thanks, liz your’e awesome.

    5 ways to make it through the election and still keep your friends

    kathy escobar

    http://kathyescobar.com/2012/10/09/5-ways-to-make-it-through-the-election-still-keep-your-friends/

  10. Andrew October 10, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    I only learned of this synchroblog this morning so it is probably too late to submit this, but here’s a piece I wrote the other day in response to a very disturbing message at church on Sunday.

    http://theunguyblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/gods-politics.html

    • Liz October 10, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Andrew – thanks for participating. I will add your link to the list now.

    • leah October 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Andrew, I was late, too, and will be happy to add your blog to my list and visit everyone’s later on.

      • Liz October 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

        Leah – thanks. I will add you to the list.

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