This guest post was written by Susan Irene Fox. Her blog is appropriately called Susan Irene Fox. If nothing else, go to the about page on her blog and read her story of coming to faith in Jesus…good stuff! You’ll be impressed with Susan’s openness and sincere desire for Christ.
Okay, I watched both conventions: the RNC and DNC streaming live into my living room.
I heard the speeches, saw the videos, watched the family members, the protests, the name-calling, and the calls to action. And while I’m concerned for our country, I’m mainly concerned for those of us who call ourselves, “Christians.” If we’re Christians, then we must follow Jesus who is the Christ, the Messiah, right?
Jesus said “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” He said these were the two most important commandments. Ah, but he also commanded us to love one another, to love our enemies and to obey all these commands.
Often we are at odds with each other over these commands, preferring to moralize at each other over who belongs in God’s kingdom.
“We believe in grace but not enough to do any serious damage to the walls that separate us from others.” Jud Wilhite
In his book, Generous Justice, Tim Keller explains this division:
“In Western society, these sets of concerns have often been split off from one another. Each of America’s two main political parties has built its platform on one of these sets of ethical prescriptions to the near exclusion of the other. Conservatism stresses the importance of personal morality, of traditional sexual mores and hard work, and feels that liberal charges of racism and social injustice are overblown. On the other hand, liberalism stresses social justice, and considers conservative emphasis on moral virtue to be prudish and psychologically harmful. Each side, of course, thinks the other side is smug and self-righteous.”
And consider what Jud Wilhite said in his book, Uncensored Truth
“We believe in grace but not enough to do any serious damage to the walls that separate us from others. But when your eyes have been opened to see [the] thousands of people the religious world has considered too far gone [to] actually experience transformation through faith in Jesus, you can’t help but be forever marked. God’s grace is beyond my small-minded boundaries and categories. His love … consistently amazes me. His mercy – astounding.”
How do we do unify? How do we stop the infighting? How do we rise above the constant swirl of hate, lying and division that suck us down the drain accusation and blame?
- Resist from watching or listening to talking head rants.
- Refrain from responding to or repeating social media rants, sarcastic comments and cartoons.
- Abstain from posting your own rants, sarcastic comments and cartoons that violate Matthew 5:21-22.
- Pray for our leaders whether we voted for them, intend to vote for them or not.
- Wear the label, “Follower of Jesus” above any other label.
The glory you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one; I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one so the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (John 17:22-24)
Generous Justice, © 2010 Timothy Keller, Riverhead Books, Penguin Group, NY, NY
Uncensored Truth, © 2010 Jud Wilhite