We really will. And so will He.
Let me be the first to say, that as a Christian, I have done more things that have made God weep than I like having to admit. It saddens me to know that I have not always been the best ambassador for Christ that I am capable of being, in both words and deeds. But I try to learn from my mess-ups, and as best I can, to make amends. Although not every bad thing we do can be made right, if our missteps cause us to do better, at least something good comes from them.
One of the good things that has come from the times I’ve strayed off-course is that I am much quicker to extend grace to others, knowing how badly I’ve needed it, and how terrible it feels when I don’t get it.
At risk of delving into both religion AND politics (both absolute no-nos on blogs, I’m told!) my question is this, “Are we living our religion in our politics?” Yeah, yeah, separation of church and state. I get that and I totally agree they should be separate, EXCEPT in the context that our behavior in our political discussions should honor Christ, and way too often it does not.
I confess I am a liberal Christian. There are parts of the Bible that don’t make any sense to me, and I tend to default to people working it out between themselves and God, rather than telling people what I think they should do/believe. My biggest take-away from the New Testament is love, love, love, then when you’re through, love some more. I don’t believe you can legislate morality, and I believe that God gave us free will for a reason. FORCING fellow Americans who are not believers to live under a moral code that one religion believes is the right way, doesn’t work for me. Our government officials are supposed to be governing ALL Americans, not just the Christians. Freedom “of” religion, requires freedom “from” religion, as well.
Someone being able to marry their same sex partner, does NOT harm my marriage. Having the legal ability to have an abortion, does not force me to have one. Those are choices that need to be made by the people experiencing those circumstances, not by me, and certainly not the government. For those wanting smaller government, that should be a no-brainer. The government does not belong in the bedrooms of consenting adults.
But what concerns me most is seeing Christians advocating hate, prejudice, and intolerance. These are not one-time screw ups. They are practiced every day in the e-mails that are forwarded spewing not only misinformation, but hatred, racial and otherwise. I have seen many of them come through my inbox, and there I times I am driven to tears. The unfairness is hard for me to wrap my head around. But the saddest part of all is how little of what I’m seeing is true.
Mark Twain was fond of saying, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” And a lot of the charges flying around right now, fit that bill.
I’m not going to spend time defending the President. I happen to think he is doing a good job given what he’s had to deal with, but that’s whole ‘nuther conversation. But what I would ask, is that if people THINK they have an issue with him, or what he stands for, they would make sure they KNOW what those things are. Not just take the word of some email coming across the internet.
And if they DO ultimately decide that they disagree with him, that they do it in a way that they wouldn’t mind Jesus seeing – that doesn’t subject Christianity to ridicule. HATING him (or anyone) is not an acceptable Christian reaction. Praying for his wisdom and discernment is. Working to put reasonable people in office is.
I don’t know where all the upheaval in our country is going to lead. The number of Christians I hear talking about stockpiling guns and other weapons scares me. The venom coming from their mouths scares me. Christians should be the LAST people resorting to violence and/or venomous words. Will our hateful words and deeds bring glory to our Lord?
I think not.