Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, who gave the benediction last week after former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, penned the following poem about faith and politics.
Religion has a place in the political debate.
It fuels higher aspirations in the laws that we create.
So long as we are moved in life by deeper core convictions,
Faith will not accede to ideological evictions.
So watch the candidates profess whatever faith thy choose
And the parties, with their platforms, garner plaudits and some boos,
Still God will find a way to be invoked in this year’s vote
And the slate that slights the Lord could be the one that He will smote.
Or, She’ll smote the one that crams Her down our reluctant throat?
Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the author of seven books including “Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times” and his latest, “Why Faith Matters.” Follow him on Facebook.