Quote of Note #28: Political Idolatries vs. the Common Good


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Washington County (PA) Courthouse; photo by GAC

“Rather than becoming chaplains or enablers of political idolatry, the faith community should confront it.  The idols of politics are legion:  the idol of money over democracy, the idol of winning over governing, the idol of celebrity over leadership, the idol of individualism over community, and the idol of ideology over civility — just to name a few.  Today, both political sides take a problem and do two things with it: first, they try to make us afraid of it, and second, they blame the other side.  What they don’t do is work together to confront the underlying causes of our problems and solve them for the common good.”

Jim Wallis, On God’s Side:  What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned about Serving the Common Good.  Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press/Baker Publishing Group, 2013, page 11.

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