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The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian

The Christian Citizen: What Does the Lord Require of Us?

Matthew 22:15-22, Proverbs 23:1-5

23rd Sunday after Pentecost - Year C

October 27, 2013

The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian (PCUSA)

I don't know about you, but I am sick to death of political grandstanding. Pontificating pundits. Ineffective officials. Pandering politicians. At least it's not a big election year, when the parties inundate us with urgent pleas for cash and TV ads depict "the enemy opponent" in these demonic black and white shots, complete with jarring music. 

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The Rev. John Gunn


The Rev. John Gunn (other)

In a letter addressed to the Christian Jews in Asia minor, the apostle Peter wrote, 'Honor all men; love the brotherhood.' "In these two brief sentences", notes author John R. Gunn, "we find the two basic principles of democracy. Honor all men - this is what the founders of the American Republic had in mind when they declared that all men are born equal.