Edit: in 2017, with hindsight this post is absolute horseshit. The original post was completely written to call out the right for their unabashed hatred for Obama. They didn’t have reasons other than the color of his skin. I worked for the folks I was calling out. Now I’d just punch them. Those weren’t imitators of Christ. Those were assholes. Get out there. Get loud. Don’t let rightwing assholes rule the world. We actually CAN change the world for the better.
As we continue pressing on toward November I thought it would do our relationships some good if we touched base real quick.
See, I’m a Christian, too. I really love my Bible. Like you I am amazed every time I think about how God made a way for me to become one of his children.
I’ve seen that you’re going to be passionate about the country we live in and the direction you sense we are going in. I think that’s great. I’m pretty passionate, too. For example, I can sing and sing and not really say anything significant because the emotion behind my words can reach people in meaningful ways. Passion, right? I get way too caught up in competitions. That’s totally passion. Small parts of my brain explode when I read someone using the wrong spelling of your/you’re. That’s some passion AND some brain damage.
I get passion. I understand what it’s like to be wrapped up in something I feel is extremely important.
So, you’re going to tweet. You’re going to debate. You may even point out how dumb the opposing view is. But would you mind if we pause for a second and think about what all the fuss is about?
I just want us to be careful about politics. Especially if we’re going to be showy. Especially if we are a leaders (and chances are if you’re one to speak up, you are a leader). And especially if we are Christians keeping in mind that one of the top five reasons people aren’t interested in our faith is because “Christians are too political“- (and at least since the rise of fundamentalism, we definitely have been).
Keep in mind that no government will be perfect. We can’t all get our way and feel great about it until we experience perfection in our rulers, our government, or kingdom. We crave and get small hints at what that might feel like to experience the perfect kingdom, but it will continue to be out of our reach so long as we are building the tower there ourselves.
The thing is, what we are craving and looking forward to is the completion of the kingdom of God.
I don’t know what that means to you. But for me that means worrying a whole lot more about taking care of people, building relationships, and staying humble- things that contribute to the kingdom of God. And therefore worrying significantly less about policy and government. Because, let’s be real: we aren’t going to win hearts through policy. No one is.
If you and I are both Christians, I think we should be concerned with loving and serving the people who disagree with us most. Not condemning them. Not announcing how idiotic their ideas are. Not belittling certain people groups for having different points of view. And we certainly should not be using all of our passion on a campaign. We are Christians. We have been too political. Let’s pull our fists out of the air and extend our open hands forward to welcome people into a conversation that is eternally more meaningful.
So hold on to your views. I guess you’re entitled to them. Just be careful and remember to keep this tiny government in perspective against the creator of the entire universe, k?
Ok. I love you. Good talk.