Things I Think…
With an impeachment trial forthcoming and an election at year end, the stage is set for even more anger and division in an angry and divided country.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to keep the conflict at a dull roar here.
What most “Christian” sites are doing is picking a “side” and riding it hard. This guarantees them a certain number of people supporting them, while also assuring that half the country will no longer hear anything they have to say.
They will pretend that group who will no longer hear them on any subject is unworthy of them anyway.
All of these actions are an abandonment of our primary calling, in my opinion.
If you’ve read here at all or know me personally, you know that I do not support this President and my own feelings run deeply in opposition to him and the politicizing of the faith that has come with him.
However, (and this is a big however) I am not opposed to those I know who support him.
Those people include some of my own church members, family, and friends.
They are not stupid or deplorable or any of the other things we label each other these days. They are in fact, often the people who have supported our work here over almost two decades.
Some of the reasons they support the President are as valid as the reasons why I do not.
We are all more than our temporal political leanings and my hope is that in some way we can demonstrate that here.
My primary calling is as a pastor and teacher, an ambassador of reconciliation, and a herald of the Gospel despite any political differences.
That is my primary calling here as well, along with creating a space where truth can be told about corruption in the church and being a safe place for victims of that corruption to share their experiences.
My calling is to both sides of the divide and my calling is not of this world.
We will address issues when we feel that we have a biblical mandate to do so…but we will not end fellowship or relationship over those issues or personalize them so that those who disagree become “enemies”.
Now, this is easy to write and hard to do.
We have to commit to these things as a community…we have to choose to think the best, believe the best, and speak the best about each other.
We will often fail, but we will try again.
Happy New Year…I hope…