Sunday, September 19, 2010
Among the things I value about the ELCA is our emphasis on reasoned debate and respectful dialogue. Last summer's Churchwide Assembly may have had its share of contentious issues, but we had first taken years to pray and study and consider those issues from a variety of perspectives. In this election year, I wish more people of faith were driven to collect facts and quietly reflect on motives and implications before rushing to judgment.
Rather than rambling on with my own opinions, I simply offer the full text of this hymn:
Let justice flow like streams of sparkling water, pure,
Enabling growth, refreshing life, abundant, cleansing, sure.
Let righteousness roll on as others' cares we heed,
An everflowing stream of faith translated into deed.
So may God's plumb line, straight, define our measure true,
And justice, right, and peace pervade this world our whole life through.