Politics is always a dangerous subject and in an election cycle it is even more contentious. After all, which side speaks the truth? Is it the Tea Party or the Occupy Wall Street folks? Both movements grow out of a frustration with the perceived lies and deceptions coming out of Washington.
The interesting question for me is how do we as people of faith discern what is truth? The 24 hour news channels are increasingly partisan. Finding a commentator who agrees with your positions is relatively easy to do, but this approach boarders on silliness. TV and radio preachers seem more concerned about their agendas and financial well-being than struggling with the issues. The politicians themselves are so rehearsed that asking them to move off their prescribed talking points is all but impossible.
Is it possible that speaking the truth is simply beyond the ability of the rich and powerful? I cannot help but wonder if the cost of power and privilege is blindness and insensitivity.
2,000 years ago Jesus was constantly disagreeing with the rich and the educated. Jesus’ encounter with the rich ruler in Luke 18:18-30 is just one example of this. In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus talks about the final judgment. Authentic faith has something to do with connecting with the weak, the powerless and the disenfranchised. It is in these moments where truth is discovered.
Could it be that truth, especially in this political season, is rooted not in the speeches of politicians or the ratings of news commentators but in the cries of the wounded?
I suspect that the change we seem to be so desperately looking for would come if we allowed the truth of the powerless to guide our decision making.