The U.S. political system fosters siding with a party and the party’s candidate in a way that views everything associated with that candidate or party as right and good and other parties and candidates as wrong and bad. A lens larger than a political party’s lens is needed for a fuller and truer perspective. Might a biblical lens, as recommended by Wayne and Mary Lou Lawton (Letters, Oct. 14), be large enough to also include a focus on the following? Care of Creation (God’s first mandate to humans, Genesis 2:15); justice, mercy, humility (Amos 5:21-24, Micah 6:8); withholding revenge (Matthew 5:44, Romans 12:14, 17-19); ministering to the poor, abused and marginalized (Matthew 25:40, James 1:27) and an abundant life for all (safe environment, clean air and water, housing, education, employment with sustainable wage, health care (John 10:10)?
Lois and Ernie Hess