At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, President Obama urged humility about “a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith” to the point where we commit atrocities, like slavery and Jim Crow, in the name of Christ. Critics quickly denounced Obama’s comments as un-American, while supporters defended their accuracy. But few have asked why Obama did not also link Christian conviction to the campaign against slavery and racial injustice. His theology is telling.
Walter Kasper contends that mercy is one of those words that we use without really grasping its profundity.
For Sharon Baker, theological consistency is essential, because “our perception of God influences how we behave.”
American culture focuses on the law. But Naboth's vineyard reminds us that a healthy society is about relationships first and rules second.