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"So for example, if Left and Right politically are paralyzed in fighting each other, you know, we've got 300,000 or 400,000 people dead in Darfur in Sudan, and these people are fighting each other. We have to stop being paralyzed in our polarization, and we have to start working together to help some other people.

A lot of us feel that these categorizations are very effective to keep us fighting with each other, and we'd like to get beyond that and do something more productive.

I was speaking in another city yesterday, and I made one statement and a young woman -- I'm going to guess 23, 24 years old -- came up to me afterward and she said, "That one sentence is what describes my spiritual life." What I had said was more and more of us are feeling that if we have a version of the Christian faith that does not make us the kind of people that make this a better world, we really want no part of it.

We actually believe that it's right for us to have a faith that makes us the kind of people that help make this a better world. She said, "That's me."

I fear that what happens in our polarization is we stop saying, "Am I becoming a person who's more Christlike? Am I becoming a person who's more a part of God's mission?" And we think, "Am I being a good conservative, or am I being a good liberal, or am I being a good Protestant or a good Catholic?" And, you know, that can end up really being a colossal adventure in missing the point."

-- Brian Mclaren
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