Wednesday, November 07, 2012
stop gloating. stop pouting. start loving.
to all my Christ-following friends,
i see you.
i see your polarized reactions today. i see you on facebook, some of you celebrating like your team just won the championship, and even more of you claiming doom-and-gloom and resorting to the "well, if it's God's will" theology that is so dangerous to kingdom-building.
yes, i see you. and i want to challenge you. both groups of you. i want to challenge you to cut it out with the gloating and the pouting. i want to urge you to remember that the decisions you make with the people around you and the neighbors who are sleeping under overpasses just outside your town and, yes, even those who are reading your facebook updates are so much more important than the ones you make behind a curtain with an 'x' in a box. i want to remind you that your civic duty might be to vote, but your duty as a follower of Christ is to love your neighbor, even those you perceive as enemies. especially those you perceive as enemies.
please remember that not all of those who follow Jesus think exactly like you. just as not all latino voters think the same, or all women vote the same, neither do all Christians understand government, its role, and the correct choice for a leader in the same way. we simply do not agree. so please do not act like the world has either been somehow miraculously saved or ominously doomed. remember that Jesus said that his kingdom was not of this world. remember that he wasn't as interested in our taxes as we seem to be (give to casesar....). and remember that what he was interested in is how we love God (by our actions and obedience) and love one another (by our service and generosity). the question for Jesus was never, "which kind of caesar will you support?" but "how will you go and make disciples? how will you build my kingdom? how will they know you are mine?"
oh, and the answer to that last one (just in case you forgot) is love. love. love. that's how they'll know. not our political party. not our level of passionate resistance. not our cute little political facebook comments. not our hope in our government (or lack thereof). not our caucuses. not our unifying around particular issues. not our 'get out the vote' campaigns. not our impassioned speeches or furious reactions. nope. that's how they'll know if we are conservative or liberal, republican or democrat or just plain sick of it all. but how they'll know we are followers of the Way? that'd be love.
let me see it.