There is a Way
(October 12, 2008; Exodus 12; Thanksgiving and Communion)Despite all the confusion we might feel about the upcoming federal election thereis a certain clarity and a simplicity in the method that politicians use. The method is to polarize the issues and the participants. Churches often get criticized for being to literalor naïve in its thinking but I suspect it is the politicians who create a much more distinctuniverse of black and white. For the conservatives the plan is simple. If you want shakyunstable leadership then vote for the Liberals. If you want calm steady leadership thenvote for the Conservatives. I was listening to a brief speech made by NDP leader Jack Layton and he told us that in this election we have two choices. Well actually we have aseries of choices with two options. He said that we can choose a prime minister whofavours the boardroom table or one who favours the kitchen table. You can choosewrong-headedness or progressive alternatives. In summing up the two options Laytonsays that you can choose policy or people. You can choose someone who is down toearth and connected to people. Or you can choose the power-hungry lackey of the UnitedSates administration. In the end I suspect this sort of rhetoric has left many of us feelingas though there really is no choice at all.It is these sorts of false choices that make up one significant part of the story of the Exodus. God established his call and promise through Abraham as we heard aboutlast week. Then as times became difficult for Abraham’s descendents, the children of hisgrandson Jacob, these people moved into Egypt where there was food and becauseJoseph, one of their own family members, lived there in a position of influence. Here theIsraelites were fruitful and multiplied.