"Yes, we fail in love, we make our judgements and we fail to see that we are all brothers; we are all seeking love, seeking God, seeking the beatific vision."
--Dorothy Day, Loaves and Fishes.
I've all but forsaken mainstream commercial media and have opted for public television and radio, especially news programs (hence my little crush on Kai Ryssdal). I have found that watching cable networks sucks me in and makes me angry at the "other side." The person holding a view opposed to mine became the enemy and was to be avoided. I needed to look for something else; a way out of this fabricated cultural war. I was desperate to drop the left/right, conservative/progressive slugfest.
Enter Communion and Liberation (CL).
The work of CL has consistently challenged me to embrace truth, no matter it comes from abstract modern art or from an atheist.
Sunday evening it came from an atheist.
She was on a recent episode of Moyers & Company and she challenged my longheld opinions that we were right to have God on our currency; that our politicians are showing good faith when they invoke God and that we should not be ashamed to say that we are, in fact, one nation under God.
Of course, nothing she said was new and the issues she brought up were old hat. The effort to remove "In God We Trust" from our currency has been in the news in recent years, as has the effort to take out the words, "one nation under God" from the pledge. But something about the conversation between Moyers and the woman prompted me to question my convictions--How important is it to have God mentioned on our currency? Doesn't this reduce God to an idol while at the same inflate money to the status of God? Do I really want my politicians invoking God when giving speeches?
I'm no longer convinced that these kind of battles are important. In fact, they can be detrimental--they divide and blind. When I participate in this ideological warfare for my soul (because that's what this really is) then I fail to see Christ in my fellow traveler.