Language is a living thing, which means it evolves. All evolution involves winners and losers: things that adapt and live in a new form, and things that fail to and die.
When preachers start meddling in politics, they rightfully venture with trepidation. The principle of church-state separation should give us pause, but the line is hardly straight and there is also error in not venturing.
We have three choices: (1) we can vote only for someone who epitomizes the majority religious views of the country, notwithstanding Article VI; (2) we can vote only for someone whose faith is more civil religion than commitment to a particular religious tradition; or (3) we can accept that the best candidate may be a person of completely different religious convictions from our own but whose vision of America is consistent with ours.
Being a peacemaker doesn’t mean shunning those who sacrifice for us.
Instead of a dove, Celtic Christians have long looked to the wild goose as a more fitting symbol of the Holy Spirit. The goose suggests a spirit of dangerous adventure more than boring serenity.