No bumper stickers. No yard placards. No buttons. No nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
At least, when I was in parochial ministry. Things are a bit different when you're not the leader of a congregation. Even so, and while my politics are pretty obvious to anyone who is paying even slight attention, I've always tried to be fairly circumspect.
Separation of church and state, you know. It's in our constitution. Or, at least, that's what I had always thought. Turns out, it's not. It was just a phrase Thomas Jefferson used. A lot.
Funny how that happens, eh? You say something enough times and it becomes "truth".
Well, I'm sure I don't know what I'd do if I were still rector or vicar in a congregation. I think I would be having more than a few conversations with my bishop and clergy peers, my spiritual director and therapist.
So, I'm writing this to clergy leaders, yes, but also to any and all of you who exercise leadership in Christian community - especially to those of you who have not exercised leadership but have been feeling 'stirrings" about needing to stand up and do something.
Donald Trump said of John McCain,
+ Christian identity, religious principles and moral values.+ The identity, principles and values of a democracy+ The imperatives of the Gospel+ The responsibilities of baptism+ The nature and character of Christian leadership+ The public practice of theology.