“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin,” opines Linus Van Pelt, of Peanuts fame. The Bible gives credence to that lesson (not the Great Pumpkin part). We are told there is a time to keep silence. We also are told there is a time to speak. This election season is a time to speak.
Let us discuss the ways in which Christian discipleship compels compassionate actions that are legislated and funded by our elected officials. There are consequences of silence, hazards of saying nothing. “Thou shalt not discuss religion or politics” is not one of the Ten Commandments; it is a quote from a cartoon character.
We may disagree on how to govern and who should govern, but we are clear about our religious platform. We are a people who believe that human coexistence requires justice, kindness, humility and love.
Laurie A. McNeill is a member of Hudson River Presbytery and she serves as a Teaching Elder in Highland and Marlboro, New York.