Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

The Spotlight Will Find You

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

The Spotlight Will Find You

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Much of what is best about religion does not need journalism to thrive. Probably the most impressive people in the world of religion are those whose faith motivates them to take on tasks others would regard as hopeless. They work in neighborhoods, schools, and prisons, with the poor, the sick, the dying. Many of these people go out of their way to do their work outside the glare of the media. They would do what they do whether anyone ever heard of them or not. Perhaps they understand instinctively that the brief glow of journalistic attention ultimately doesn't mean much in the struggle they have chosen to take on.

I worry a bit about those in the world of religion who seem eager for media coverage. I wonder if what they are really seeking is political power. And yes, I am very wary of the intersection between religion and politics. Six years of covering religion has only heightened my concerns on this subject. I am not entirely comfortable with any political candidate, whether Jewish, Catholic, or evangelical Christian, arguing that the country needs to return to religion to restore its moral life. …

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