Pastors and the Public Square

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[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] S [/dropcap]tep out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” In this passage from The Message paraphrase of Psalm 46:10, Eugene Peterson captures a current daily experience that is impacting each of our lives. In the past few months we’ve been overrun with political rhetoric, and it’s only just begun. Those vying for the office of president of the United States have determined that we need more time to consider their candidacy, so they started campaigning earlier than in the past. Every time we turn on the television or radio, we hear discussions about the latest political debate or faux pas. In that environment, it is very difficult to place God above politics. I’m sure you, at times, feel like I do—I’m standing in the middle of rushhour traffic. However, that traffic isn’t cars but a political process of which we Americans are proud. It’s on the wheels of this political process that we will elect our next national leader.At war and with many domestic issues at risk, how can we “step out of the traffic”? How can we place God above the political process? And as a pastor, do you play the role of traffic cop or move away from all traffic? Not one to avoid a challenge, I asked Kevin Miller to address this challenging issue of politics in this edition of Compass. He has titled it “Pastors and the Public Square.” Although we say it on the opposite page, I probably should state again, “Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Quiet Waters Ministries, its personnel or trustees.” Actually,

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