We live in an age of finger-pointing. Some of this finger-pointing is regrettable, I think. One expression of it is inspirational, I believe. And one dimension of it is now essential, I'm convinced. I'd like to reflect with you on all three of these senses of "finger-pointing," because each of them bears upon the ministry of Christians in a time when the role of religion in American life is again on the front burner.
First, let me speak of the regrettable kind of finger-pointing. You can hear it in the tone of the comments made by presidential candidates voicing their contempt for the other side. You can hear it in the tone of the fight gearing up between Democrats and Republicans over who will fill the now-vacant seat on that same Supreme Court. The tone is largely one of finger-jabbing, a finger full of anger, fear, and pride.
On one side are those who love to point their finger at the Left. They claim them to be precisely what is wrong with America today. The Left, they say, is bent on cutting off our nation's life from its spiritual foundations and tilting our culture toward moral collapse. They are trying to erase our national heritage! The Left is devoted to divorcing America from the God of the Bible so they can do whatever they want. "God save America from these godless humanists," they say.
On the other extreme are those who love to point their finger at the Right. They portray them as the most dangerous influence in America at present. The Right just wants to control the minds and behaviors of others. They want to destroy, by federal fiat, that most precious liberty on which America was built: the freedom to worship as one chooses (or not at all). The Right thinks everyone but ...
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