Each time I am able to visit their country and speak with them, I am always struck by their enduring hope for the future of their nation and by how hard they are willing to work in order to make peace a reality. That's why it's been especially heart-breaking in recent weeks to see South Sudan slide further from peace, toward instability and conflict.
The press is concerned with polls and primaries, numbers of delegates, and the reporter's hopes for exciting contested conventions. But many faith leaders are concerned with the moral quality of our national discourse -- how much fear, division, and even hate are dominating over trust, compassion, and even love.
This being an election year, many of us have found ourselves in conflict with others. We want to be good Christians (or citizens, even) and reach out to those poor, deluded souls, and see their faces as the face of Jesus standing over there on the other side of the chasm of disagreement looming before us.