This election has seen an extraordinary amount of coverage of Romney and Obama’s religious convictions.
We have had lengthy discussions about Romney’s Mormon faith, and how evangelicals have had to contort themselves to accommodate a Mormon faith that until very recently they considered heretical.
And we have had ongoing conversations about the false rumors of Obama being Muslim (which he is not). We have seen the obligatory declarations from each candidate declaring—loudly—their faith in God and Jesus Christ.
That’s more than enough for me.
I don't want to hear about candidates' faith in God.
I don’t want to know about the religious faith they profess—or do not.
I want to know how that faith (or lack thereof) leads them to treat all of God's children.
I want to know how that faith (or lack thereof) leads them to live in harmony with all of God's creation.
We live in a nation where just about half of our citizens experience poverty at some point in their life.
We live in a world where over a billion of human beings live on a dollar a day.
We live in a world where environmental catastrophe is around the corner.
If these two men profess the Christian faith, I want to know how they plan to embody Christ’s teachings to care for “the least of these.”
I don’t want to just hear about how Romney will not lower taxes on the super-duper-super rich, or on Obama only talking about the middle class.
I want to hear about the poor who are working and don’t have enough to live on.
I want to hear about the environment, and how rising waters around the world will put tens of millions of people in danger in places like Bangladesh.
I want to hear about those in Pakistan and Yemen, the “non-persons” of history who die under American drone wars. These too are still the children of the same Living God. They are nameless and faceless to us, but they have names and faces, and are loved by their families.
As much of I appreciate (and have contributed) to the coverage of sweet and courageous Malalai Yousafzai in Pakistan, what about the thousands of other Malalai girls in Iraq and Afghanistan who have died under US occupation?
What about the Malalai girls and boys here in our own country, whose live under the cruelest of depravation in the richest country in the history of the world.
I actually do not mind having a Christian President—provided that President would actually embody the teachings of Christ, and care for the “Least of These.”
And the King will answer and say to them:
“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
--Word of the Lord, According to the Gospel of St. Matthew 25:40.
I want to know what these candidates are going to do to clothe those who are naked, feed those who are hungry, shelter those who are homeless, and provide a home for those who live under occupation.
I am less concerned with whether they call themselves Christians, and more concerned with whether they will behave Christ-like.
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