Matthew 5:1-12


A few months ago, one of my clergy colleagues was greeting worshippers at the sanctuary exit at the end of service. She shared smiles, hugs, and handshakes, got brief updates about people’s families and jobs and illnesses, and exchanged pleasantries. But then, a scowling person brought her up short. This dissatisfied worshipper looked at her severely and noted, “You shouldn’t be so political in church.”

Now, many a minister is struggling these days to strike the balance in this politically polarized society. We try to remind ourselves and others that God is neither a Democrat nor a Republican; at the same time, we try to be clear about the Gospel’s call...