I don’t know what your political leanings are, but in this right now moment it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we see each other from God’s perspective – worth loving, worth saving, worth the work it takes to build healthy boundaries and vibrant relationships where we can each be our whole selves. We see the divisiveness, exploitation of fear, and marginalizing on so many fronts, and yet, we who are in Christ, are called to love. It seems to me this is a heavy, yet momentous occasion in which we can put on love, wear love, put off hatred, put of disagreement, put off anxiety, and put on hope.
I encourage you and myself to clothe ourselves in Christ. What does the world need now more than anything? Faith, hope, and love. In America it’s needed now more than ever. Lay down your arguments and put on humility. That’s what I want to do that I might be a light, share the hope, and ignite love in my right-now community. Imagine if we all did that!
So whatever opinions I have about it all, I’m laying those at the foot of the Cross. Christ has the government on His shoulders – not mine, not yours, not anyone else’s. I choose to trust and believe that in due time, He will make all things right. But what if that means He wants to work it out through you and I? We have some serious thinking and mind changing to do for ourselves. I am praying that I not flee the conviction of God but that I let it do its perfect work in me – transforming me from the inside out to reflect His image here on earth.
May the Imago Dei in all of us reflect the fierce, reconciling, and welcoming love of God. May it be made manifest in our right now lives, in our work, in our communities, and everything we set our hands to do. I refuse to focus on the short comings. I refuse to demonize those who disagree with me. I choose to seek common ground. I choose to react, act, and be motivated from a place of love,. I want to see each person as God does. It widens my capacity to love without condition. It allows me to see just how much each person matters to God no matter their political leanings.
Today will come and go. The election is not the end, but a beginning. We have much work to do to build bridges of reconciliation and hope. Our communities need us to keep showing up, arms open with resolutions, and ready to hear the hard things. We were made for this work. We are equipped for this work. The power of Christ lives in us to actually do the work, and it is good, sacred work. Today will come and go, but God’s word will hold true. What He has planned and purposed will never be thwarted. Take comfort in knowing this? He’s got the whole world in His hands, and that includes all of you and all of me.
If you need a place to share your stories of hope and reconciliation, join us for Real Talk Tuesday today. It’s all about holding on to hope and ministering reconciliation no matter what happens now.