This is the 6th and final (oh thank sweet baby Jesus!) installment in this series on faith and politics. If you care to, you can read the other installments here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
There's only one appropriate way that I can think to end a series like this one, and that is with a prayer.
No man or woman. No party or philosophy. No country or creed. May none other be held in the place of honor in our hearts. May the allegiance we pledge be first and foremost to Your name. May the tribute we pay be to Your Kingdom and to the love, grace and peace that are its foundations.
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Not just ever after but now, at this time, in this place, may your Kingdom be established in our hearts and in our communities. May we be a people who walk humbly, who act justly, but who love mercy. May we, your Church, preach the gospel of food to the hungry, the gospel of clothing to the naked, the gospel of healing to the sick, the gospel of comfort to the brokenhearted and the gospel of peace to a world at war with itself.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
Forgive us for our greed and indulgence. Forgive us for our pride and arrogance. Forgive us for placing our desire to be right above our desire to be loving. Forgive us for placing our desire to be safe above our obligation to love our enemies. Forgive us for placing our wants above others’ needs.
Forgive us for being impatient and unkind in our politics, for that is not love.
Forgive us for having haughty, boastful attitudes in our politics, for that is not love.
Forgive us for keeping detailed records of wrongs, for that is not love.
Forgive us for delighting in the evil of our enemies’ demise, for that is not love.
Show mercy on us and forgive our debts despite our white-knuckled clenched fists that refuse to let go of the debts of others. May that mercy spread like a weed, choking out our sense of entitlement and our notions of what we are owed. May jubilee burst forth in our lives and our communities.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Shore up our hearts that we might not be seduced by the siren’s song of power and influence. Save us from our privilege and from the sense of apathy toward our fellow human beings that it so often engenders.