Let’s Make A Deal …

It’s a classical theme – in music, literature, the theater, art – the Deal with the Devil. What do you have to give up in order to get what you want?

A friend put me on to Thomas Mann’s novel, Doctor Faustus. A musician cuts a deal so as to be able to compose the perfect piece of music. The story is masterful in its character development; it is also a thinly veiled critique of German culture and society as it yields to the promises, hubris and horrors of Hitler’s Third Reich.

This is a bit heavy for a Tuesday – just two weeks away from Election Day in the US. But many are saying that they have a difficult time with any of the available candidates … more than “difficult”. It’s as if they have to sell part of themselves, no matter what choice they make; and this includes the choice not to vote at all.

All well and good to look on the grand scale and lament the choices you have; what about closer to home? Are we making deals all the time, compromising principles, yielding some moral ground in order to make it through the day? Perhaps the reason Jesus died so young had something to do with how uncompromising he was.

It’s not really a question of whether we are making deals; it’s more a question of with whom! Simply being mindful of that can make all the difference in how your day goes. I pray this Tuesday will be a blessed one for you.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.