First, our public involvement needs to be rooted in our faith, and from this solid foundation we can assess, criticize, and reform the ideologies around us. Second, we need the sense of perspective regarding victories and defeats that comes from our hope in the ultimate victory of Jesus Christ over death. And third, we need to make love into the basis for our policies, and an integral part of the way we communicate with those who disagree. These of course are the three theological virtues cited by St. Paul in his epistles. The keys to our public engagement should be faith, hope, and love, these three—and the greatest of these is love.
Love and mercy in politics? It’s so crazy it just might work. I know of nothing else that is likely to do so.
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