It’s so easy to rant and rave about politics, to make fun of the other side, to make bold claims about the improved world your candidate will usher in.

But when you drive past that forlorn young woman walking in the opposite direction on the road’s shoulder, and your kids are screaming in the back seat, and you’re already running late, will you turn your car around and give her a ride?

It’s so easy to look up socio-political facts on Google, to find books about Stigler or Keynes, to put together an argument on the benefits of national health care or the drawbacks of increasing taxes on the wealthy.

But when that guy at church who loves to talk (and you know he lives alone) sees you through the crowd, do you pretend not to see him, or do you cut through your hurry and find him, offer him your time?

It’s so easy to mail in a check to your local community center or to put $20 in the plate at church during Christmas.

But when you ask that person you gave a ride to how you can help, and they look at you through blurry eyes and don’t say “diapers” or “food” or “money for utilities,” but instead say, “I could really just use a friend – would you hang out with me sometime?” then what will you do?

We are so comfortable remaining among the easy arguments, learning things that make us sound intelligent, doing things that require so little. But there’s another level, a deeper level that we are called to. Another plane of engagement.

What will you do?