Sjolander Road Fellowship

Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

spin doctors and wordsmiths


I believe that much of the frustration and anger with Washington comes about because of the lack of clear communications from the halls of government. Most of what is said seems deliberately intended to confuse and mislead. There appears to be little real effort to understand complex problems and carefully define a proposed solution to the people.

In my mind the same situation exists within the church. There is little if any emphasis on clear concise communications in the religiously inspired words streaming from our pulpits, internet sites, and broadcast media. Yet the church claims for itself the divine mission of defining, controlling, and disseminating the essential religious message. The quintessential example of this confusion involves the most elemental question imaginable- What must I do to please God and be accepted by Him? On the one hand, the church denounces the idea of an earned or merited righteousness but then also insists that each individual must achieve his or her own righteousness by doing what God requires.

Admittedly, at one time I embraced Orthodoxy’s concept of salvation through obedience. However, I now see little to distinguish any form of righteousness to which I must contribute something and a righteousness which I earn by that contributive effort. Some achieve under this paradigm and some don’t achieve and the only difference is that of personal action and subsequent accomplishment.

Many would denounce the communication efforts of politicians and lawyers as confused and misleading. There seems to be little difference between what many deplore in these secular fields but then accept in religious discourse.   

It is extremely difficult to back up far enough from what we have always been taught and therefore believe religiously, in order to see the logical flaws and incoherence. However, the parsing of words, the use of ill defined terminologies, and the adherence to unchallenged dogmas are no less damaging to our religious well-being than they are to our political and secular. What we seek from our political leaders should also be sought from our religious ones.