Love: A Christian Voter’s Guide

So here’s the thing: if you don’t provide for the needs of the least of these, if you don’t seek to protect the vulnerable, if you fight to keep power in the hands of the powerful, then no matter what feeling you have in your heart toward God or your neighbor … it’s not love.

So yeah. According to Jesus, Christians have a stake in the kind of government we promote. If our social arrangements aren’t loving and just, we fail both God and our neighbor.

If you need a meditation to bring with you into the voting booth tomorrow, that’s not a bad place to start.

Continue reading at [D]mergent . . .

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About Derek Penwell

Derek Penwell is an author, editor, speaker, and activist. He is the senior minister of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky and a former lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities. He has a Ph.D. in humanities from the University of Louisville. He is the author of The Mainliner’s Survival Guide to the Post-Denominational World, from Chalice Press, about how mainline denominations can avoid despair in an emerging world. He currently edits a blog on emergence Christianity,, and blogs at his own site at

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