Finals and the holiday preparations are finished, which gives me some breathing room and time to accomplish things, like posting on this blog on a more regular basis.
In the Sudan, the US is opposing the efforts to bring folks to justice who have committed war crimes under an international tribune. This administration is also slashing food aid programs which are directed to the poorest in the world. The Bush team has worked overtime to kill off the Kyoto accords, opposing any efforts which could reduce the threat of global warming. And now we have documents emerging with the freedom of information act which points to the widespread use of torture which received approval among the highest reaches of gov't.
But unfortunately the stories which dominated the news about the Christian faith in this season were about "saving" Christmas The spectacle was not a high point for the faith since the message of reconciliation was buried under the efforts to affirm the "brand" name of Christianity. We had groups of Christians organizing to make department stores say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays. We had hundreds who would come out to protest the effort to remove some creche on some public property. And of course we had the usual defamations against liberals.
Wouldn't it be more of a religious witness if our efforts were directed to tackling poverty and holding this government accountable by working to end the use of torture? Instead we get our faith linked up with efforts to insure that the brand name of Christianity is endorsed in public parades and in shopping malls. The prince of peace is a symbol which doesn't seem to solicit efforts to bring reconciliation and peace in the world as much as it's become a bludgeon which can be used against "secularists" and folks in blue states who use the wrong turn of the phrase.