The past few Sundays I’ve been teaching a Sunday School Class at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church here in Waco on the topic of “Monday through Saturday Spirituality.” Key concepts I’ve worked from:
- God created us to be peaceful “Authentic” Selves that participate God’s redemption of a broken world by living lives of sacrificial love.
- Anxiety often drives us to a “small” self existence, where life becomes a self-protective game.
- It takes courage and discipline to overcome small self anxiety and actually live out our Authentic Self commitments.
So far we’ve looked at marriage and parenting as two arenas in which we are called upon to exercise our Authentic Self muscles, but are constantly bombarded with small self anxieties.
This Sunday (Oct 5, 2008) I will be discussing how the tension between AS and ss gets played out in our politics. The fundamental question I’ll be asking is: How, if at all, should one’s Christian faith impact how he or she votes? To this end, I’m asking the participants in the class to read this article: Voting and Christian Citizenship by Byron Barlowe.
I’m curious to know how you respond to the question, and the points of view expressed in the article. (And I wish it had dawned on me to offer the previous lessons here as well. The good people of St. A’s and I would have benefited from your thoughts!)
Let me predict something from the outset. This author comes from an “evangelical” point of view that many a small self will be tempted to dismiss (small self is always more interested in evaluating than listening). So, I simply want to encourage everyone who looks at this article to listen from an Authentic Self stance which asks, “How does this guy challenge me to take seriously what it means to be a Christian who gets to vote?”
I’ll appreciate your comments…