If 'being church' means anything (and for those attempting to follow Jesus Christ communally as well as personally in a confused, divided and unequal world, it must do), then it ought to mean putting people and planet first as interrelated gifts of God. Frequently, however, churchly and worldly politics is not like this. We struggle to win points, to defend abstract principles, and to prove that our rightness must involve someone's wrongness.

From "Church issues are about people, not abstract ideas" by Simon Barrow, posted on the EKKLESIA website. A well written piece, well worth taking the time to read.

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