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By Matt Horan

This week on the Sojourners website, Jim Wallis wrote about a movement of over 100 former politicians from both sides of the aisle who have come forward with a statement urging reform in the way our current politicians go about their work.  I’m not always very eager to jump on the Jim Wallis bandwagon, as I feel like he’s too easily dragged into the mud himself, especially in his recent feud with Glenn Beck.

However, this is welcome news.  Sojourners is urging the adoption of a “Civility Covenant,” and it is long overdue.

We act as if facts matter.  We act as if gaining supporters to my position is based on convincing people of what is true and what is false.  Once they see that the facts support my side, they’ll be won over.  But facts don’t matter.  Truth doesn’t matter.  What motivates us is not our facts, but our commitments. (more…)

By Matt Horan

Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying, “There are no atheists in a foxhole.”  I’ve never been an atheist or in a foxhole, but from what I’ve learned about foxholes, I can see how such a saying might arise.  A foxhole is a hole in the ground that soldiers would hide in to avoid enemy gunfire.  I assure you that I would pray fervently and frequently while in a hole designed to help me avoid enemy gunfire.

Most of the world’s religions recruit poorly during good times.  You never see someone after reaping a financial windfall exclaim, “The first thing I’m going to do is go worship and thank God!”  No, it seems that foxholes are better evangelists than winning lottery tickets are.   (more…)