I have sat, I have paced. I have read, scoffed, laughed, shrugged, rolled my eyes more than a Robert Downey Jr. meme. and felt a general sense of nausea. There have been feelings of rage, sadness, fear, helplessness, and so many more mixes of feelings that quite frankly I cannot process them all at once. People say, oh you’re just being dramatic, you’re just being this or that, or you’re being bigoted, racist, insensitive, disagreeable, the list just goes on continually. The reason the list just continues to grow is that no one else knows how to feel either. We want to be upset, we want to feel better, we want to feel vindicated. Fact is we want all of these things and we want what we want, the way we want it, and yet we will never have it.
This country is divided, more so now than ever. Christians cannot agree on how to deal with a red cup, let alone how to answer the problem of refugees. It is a disease of ignorance, where one side wants to blindly obey everything leadership hands out as long as it makes them feel good, and the other side rages against the machine. It is an election year and as Americans we throw away our unity for the cause of one party or another, or the ever present middle ground where no one yells at you.
It’s time to stop. It’s time to step back and look around, grasp the bigger picture of what is happening in the world. It’s time to read the news, to really examine what is being told and what is really happening. This cycle of panic and outrage is doing nothing for us as a people. What are the facts that we know?
We know that there are nasty individuals who want nothing more than to kill and destroy. there is nothing more to it than that. They are not trying to usher in any new world order, they see chaos and destruction. This is not some vague James Bond villain seeking a model utopia. This is an enemy that desires death in the name of fanatic hatred. If we cannot recognize that as a fact, then there is little hope in the face of this evil. We cannot be delusional and try to classify and declassify and divide along lines of race, class, and religion. This enemy does not care what you call it, because this enemy only wants you dead. There is no such thing as a one sided diplomatic solution, there is only victory or defeat.
We also must realize that the right decisions are not the ones that are the most popular. The happy feel good decision that makes you happy, is probably not the one that is best for everyone involved in the long run. This idea that we have to make decisions based on what makes us feel good about ourselves is flawed and immature. Eating donuts makes me feel good, but in the end if thats all I do it will kill me. The same is true about decisions for our country. It requires the ability to see a bigger more far reaching picture. You can get mad, you can disagree, but in your disagreement do not act like a spoiled child and call everyone else names because you did not get your way.
You may be reading this a wondering why, why waste my time with this, this piece is probably just going to turn it in to some sort of Christianity based stance in favor of Islamaphobia, or racism, or GOP support. Or you may call me a liberal, unpatriotic, bleeding heart, and weak. Label it whatever you wish to label it. Disagree with me, I do not care, and your disagreement with me does not offend me. I think we’ve forgotten how to disagree with one another in this country. Anytime some one doesn’t think the way we do we want to call them names and become offended in our deepest being because someone else did not see life the way we do. I see things the way I see them based on my own understanding of the world. That is based on 35 years of experience, years of college and study, and my own research and observation. My thoughts are my own, your agreement with them does nothing to change them.
I do not have an answer to the problems facing this world. I don’t, and really, telling you my thoughts and opinions on what we should do will do nothing in the end. Yet, I know what we cannot do as Christians, we cannot allow ourselves to become divided over the issues and forget our mission. You can post all the scripture out of context that you want and claim that it speaks directly to the problems, yet your mission is not that. We are not called to throw truth bombs and shame other Christians because we disagree. If you don’t like what your government has done, tell them that in a calm and articulate letter. But for these so called “Christian leaders” to cast about words such as “shame” and “disgust” is quite frankly what makes them unfit leaders. The amount of church members you have at your church does not make you a leader, nor does your book sales, or your twitter follower count. Your ability to speak life in to the hearts and minds of people makes you a leader.
I do not think God cares about your blog readership. Nor do I believe God cares about whether or not you held a political line with your social media profile. It is unfathomable for me to think that God is watching to see if you said the snarkiest response to the other side of the issue, or reposted the correct feel good message on social media. God is infinitely more invested in whether or not you pointed people to His glory, to His Son, to His grace, to His love with your life. If you want to argue that , “well, I use my social media to do that”. Then I would ask you this, when did your social media feed a refugee, or clothe the homeless, or care for a foster child?
It is time we as Christians stopped playing the world’s game of words. It is time we stopped trying to make everything about how we can start a new movement. It is time we started doing the mission we were called to do. Right now nature is doing a far better job of crying out God’s glory than His people are. The stars in the sky do not display the nature of a God who panics at the first sign of trouble. Rather they steadily proclaim that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Times like these have been ordained. It is for us to recognize that the urgency for us to show Jesus to others is all the more serious.