I know it is fashionable today to think of religion and faith as obsolete but I keep thinking of how much healthier Washington would be if only a few of our leaders would pay attention to Jesus.
No, I’m not talking about us electing more “evangelicals.” Whatever the once positive word might mean today, it is now so encrusted with political self-righteousness that it is useless. Nor am I even saying we should only elect Christians of one stripe or another.
What I am saying is that, having shed our religious heritage as a nation, we are without a moral compass. No matter how much we complain, for example, about partisanship in Washington, it continues its progression at an ever increasing rate of acceleration.
And I do get tired of Fox News and the White House complaining about media bias, since both are inexcusably bent toward untruth. The mainstream media is often not much better.
Were we still in an age in which we were all basically familiar with the life and teachings of Jesus, things might be different. What if everyone in the White House and the media listened to this wisdom from the Sermon on the Mount:
Matthew 7:1-5 Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. 2 For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
What transforming power lies in those words! Isn’t there someone in Washington who can hear the wisdom of Jesus?