Got Truth?

Dear Friends,
 
Like most of you, as I watch the political goings on, I struggle to figure out what to make of it all. Who is of the higher moral character? Are either or both, grounded in truth? What is the ethical compass of those who seek to lead?
 
Aristotle, the great philosopher of friendship, made friendship the very basis of ethics. In fact, after defining humanity as “social animals,” Aristotle said that a moral person has got to be a person with good friends—because only friends know how to tell you the truth in such a way that it is truth for you, and in such a way that you would refuse to hear from anyone else. In other words, for Aristotle, a person without friends is fated to be an immoral person, a person who is alone, subject to his or her own judgments, a person whom nobody else loves enough to tell the truth.
 
From your vote for city council to president of the United States consider the friends or “surrogates” you observe around each candidate.  Do those around the candidate seem to have a moral compass, and are ears open to hear the truth? I think Aristotle was on to something.
 
Who are the friends and surrogates in your own life? Is truth shared in love in the politics of your home, office, school, neighborhood, and life?
 
See Luke 6:17-49 for further reflection.
 
Prayers: For the coming elections, those recovering from floods, healing, those who mourn the recent shootings in Denver.
 
Still in One Peace,
 
Pastor David J.Jensen

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