I’d rather find what feels good--seek God on a mountaintop, by myself, alone with my thoughts, feeling loved and creating God in the image I need--than be challenged in my faith to the point of sweating it out. And while time alone with God, seeking what I know I need and feels good, is a part of the faith journey, it can’t be all I do.
As a minister in D.C., I get asked, a lot: How can we keep religion from being political? It’s a genuine, fair, insightful question. And I think underneath it is: how can we make sure Republicans, Democrats, and Independents all have a place at the table? How can we keep ourselves from aligning with one political party, as if our hope and meaning lies in an American institution rather than a radically loving God?
I wish I had tips and tricks to share to make silence possible for you and for me—wisdom gleaned from my theology degree and years in ministry. Right now I simply have an admission (a confession?)—it’s hard as hell. I’m disciplined in all kinds of ways but making the time and space for silence eludes me.