I want to speak love and breathe peace as you read this. I also can’t standby and say nothing of the current events. Racism is not okay, it never has been. Breaking in to the capitol, is not okay. Violence is not okay. Lots of things, have not been okay.
I’m not one for division, or an us vs them mentality. What’s best for our souls and best for our country is to unite, to seek to understand and come together. We are stronger together! The more we divide, the more vulnerable we become as a nation, and as a world.
At the same time, we can’t come together if the anthem of our country is division. I don’t know how we heal as a nation while lies are continuously peddled and still believed, still pursued. Some are waking up to the false narrative, but not all.
I know and love people on both sides of the political camp. It leaves my stomach twisted in knots at times, the tension. Regardless, racism is something we need to strive to conquer, not condone.
I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be a person of color and see confederate flags rippling in the air as the Capitol is broken into. Or to be an immigrant and see walls go up and deportations threatened. Or to have been sexually abused and watch a womanizer be elected to the most powerful position in the world, after bragging about his assaults on women.
I only know what it feels like to be me and see it. To feel it. To endure it.
I’ve come to the conclusion it’s not easy, or often worth it, to persuade others from their views or argue against false with those you love. Especially on social media! However, it is still important to stand up to injustice. In this very small way, that’s what I want to do.
I just want to say: ALL OF THIS IS NOT OKAY and WE WHOM ARE BELIEVERS should not be silent.
Fellow Christians, God created us to be equal. We know this. We are his kids, the apple of his eye!
From breath to bones, blood to skin, hair to eyes, he created us. And he loved us so much that he gave his only son…for ALL of us. God is love. And love, is a verb. Love is about reconciliation. Striving toward one another.
Wisdom, justice and mercy are God’s anthem. Grace adorns his people and humility is a high value in his kingdom. God calls Christians to be a voice for the voiceless, stand up for the oppressed and that true religion is this: to take care of widows and orphans in their distress.
Because I know these things to be true of my faith of our very loving Jesus, I cannot for the life of me understand how faith has anything to do with the atrocities at hand.
In the bible God asks his disciples to leave grain for the foreigners to eat. Because he CARES about immigrants. Remember the story of the good Samaritan? Helping others, regardless of their ethnicity, is IMPORTANT to him. Jesus claimed the first is last repeatedly because Humility is VALUABLE in God’s eyes. Remember when he said if someone asks for a cloak give him the one off your back? As we watch how Jesus came to serve and then asked that we follow suit it reminds us that SERVING others, is king. Remember when he said the most important commandment was to love God and love others as yourself? Then why would we treat others, with anything less than love?
We cannot justify what’s happening right now with the bible. It doesn’t support it.
What does the christian faith support?
If it doesn’t look, feel, smell and sound like love, then it’s not of God. Racism doesn’t feel like love. Bigotry doesn’t feel like love. Hate crimes do not feel like love. Breaking and entering does not feel like love. Conceded rhetoric doesn’t feel like love. Every man for himself doesn’t feel like love. Lying doesn’t feel like love. Manipulation is not love. Straw man arguments are not love. Greed doesn’t feel like love. Hunger for power doesn’t feel like love. Fear is not love. Control doesn’t feel like love.
What does feel like love? Well I’m glad you asked.
Listening. Seeking to understand. Compassion toward others. Freedom. Saying Sorry. Grace. Forgiveness. Speaking truth in love. Sharing. Community. Friendship. Encouragement. Humility. Discernment. Wisdom. Strength. Honor. Respect. Consideration. Empathy. Advocacy.
These feel like love.
The golden rule still works. Treat others how you would like to be treated.
Would you want to be told you couldn’t marry the person you love? Or be at you loves ones side in the hospital? Would you want someone to fly a flag of a name that spews rhetoric against your race? Would you want to be denied freedoms because of what you looked like? Would you want someone to take your kids away while you sought asylum from danger? Would you want to be in prison for a crime you didn’t commit? Shot while going for a run? Do you want unstable people to have guns near your kids school? Would you want your death sentence to be sped up depending on whose in power? Would you want a hysterectomy done without your consent while in immigration custody?
My guess is no.
These things have happened. And are happening. Let’s stop pretending any of these are okay and justifiable. It is time for this to change. It’s not too late to sift through it all and come to new revelations. It’s never too late!
You don’t have to sit in the camp of something that really doesn’t feel right because of what “Christian” culture politics deems right.
Let’s change direction!
I know it won’t all be better…but it can only go up from here! We can’t put our hope in any presidency. But we can advocate for change, love and justice!
And frankly, you can be republican, democratic or anywhere in between. That doesn’t really matter. The tides of rhetoric have changed. It’s not political parties and platform differences anymore.
This is Love or Hate. This is Unity or Divison. This is Care or Greed. This is Racism or Equality.
Let’s keep our hope in God alone. Our focus is what he gives us to focus on. For me it’s my family, my community, my work, my calling, my friends, my spaces to love. I do my best to stop paying attention to the news before it gives me a heart attack. I also can’t stand idly by and watch so called Christians drag the name of Jesus through the oppressive sludge for political gain.
And I don’t want you to either. It starts with us. And it starts with your neighbors.
I’m calling us out for more.
God’s given us voices to use, lets use them for good!
He’s given us gifts to give, let’s be generous!
He’s given us grace, let’s repent and be forgiven! Let’s then turn and give grace overflowing!
He calls us to be a light in a dark world. So, let’s seek to understand. Let’s cry out for wisdom. Let’s be the ones to offer peace in the chaos!
Let’s stop believing the lie of scarcity and take care of our humans that are hurting.
Folks, it’s time to walk out what it means to be an apostle of the God of love!
We can work on our hearts, come together and champion unity over division! The hate and racism that has occurred over the past might leave scars, but it doesn’t have to conquer our story lines. The aroma in the air can change. It can smell like Faith, Hope and Love.
But the greatest of these…is LOVE.