This week I’ve been in touch with a representative from one of America’s newest political Parties, the Christian Democratic Party. Headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, their literature explains that: “Chrisitan democracy” is a political ideology that seeks to apply Christian principles to public policy. In other words, in our current society that would look like a mix of conservative and liberal philosophy. From the “conservative” side, for instance, they are against abortion and gay marriage. Yet, in what would seem “liberal” to many, they are strong on social justice and environmental stewardship. A quote: “Regardless of whether one believes in global warming or not, we maintain that caring for the environment is a great personal virtue… We wholeheartedly support environmentally friendly policies.” The Party’s platform is not only balanced, it’s a good reflection, I believe, of how the gospel message would relate to each contemporary issue of our times. For more, see: www.cdpunitedstates.webs.com. Note: To stay with the environment a minute… We have traveled the country extensively researching alternative energy applications: wind projects in North Dakota; geothermal heating in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; solar projects in New Mexico… During a talk at the University of Notre Dame, I said that if global warming is real and we sacrifice, and also ramp up renewables, we save the planet for our children. If global warming turns out to be not real, and we sacrifice, and ramp up renewables, for our children’s sake: BIG DEAL! In other words, the world gets a little greener — and we grow spiritually from the whole thing.