Carlos Medley

online editor, Adventist Review

Speaking Truth to Power

O God . . . we are helpless without Your power. Unless You empower our lawmakers, they can see the ideal, but not reach it. They can know the right, but not do it. They can comprehend their duty, but not perform it. They can seek the truth, but not fully find it.”*

During the recent U.S. government shutdown the media was filled with reports of raucous debate, unbridled name-calling, and parliamentary maneuvering. For more than two weeks both sides were dug in, holding entrenched positions.

But amid the rancor, grandstanding, and brinksmanship I was encouraged to know that there were voices calling for calm, civil dialogue. Among those voices was Adventist pastor Barry C. …

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