I have a friend who said she wanted to see a blog about what I really thought about this election season. I told her that might not be a good idea because it may make people mad. She said to go for it anyway. So here it is but in the interest of maintaining love in my family and friend group I have two paragraphs of disclaimers first.
This is a note to my family. You know how when you talk to your family that you have inside jokes and just an eyebrow lift can speak volumes? How talking to your sister can sound a bit pushy to outsiders but she knows you have her back so she let’s you get away with it? That’s what this post is about. It’s a note to my Christian brothers and sisters. My family. And in that note remember that I adore you. The message I’m passing on today is one that I am preaching to myself!
Therefore, my dear friends who I love but who don’t happen to be part of my family please read along but don’t be mad or angry or offended. Just don’t. This isn’t a message for you. It’s for my sisters and brothers who frankly need a bit of a thump on the head. And then a hug. And for my friends who don’t claim Jesus – if you see something in this note that makes you want to be a part of my family, give me a call – I’ll take you out to lunch and we can chat. If I say something that bothers you just remember I’m talking to my crazy family and in that context I have some leeway to push. It’s not about you.
OK – All the let’s not offend bases covered. Listen up my family who claims Christ.
I have something I need to say to you. This message to those of you who claim to be conservatives and to those who claim to be liberals. It’s to those of you who think that Bernie Sanders could save us all and those of you secretly rooting for Donald Trump. This message is to those of you who are upset (or cheering) about bathrooms. This is also for those of you who claim you have no interest in politics. It’s for all of you.
Here’s my message. For the love. Quit with the fuss already. Trust Jesus.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying not to be involved. I’m not saying to be silent. I have worked on campaigns and I’ve marched in parades. I’ve signed petitions and I’ve called my congress people . And I plan on continuing that. But my confession is that I’ve had enough of myself. I’ve spent enough time being mad or scared or worried. My guess is that you are tired of being fearful as well.
Andy Stanley posted a message that I think we should listen to.
See there? You’re scaring the children. And when we are panicky and worried and yelling and angry we aren’t preaching the truth.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7
And so whether you are a Christian brother that is concerned about losing freedoms or raising taxes or you are a Christian sister who leans liberal I would love to invite you all to take a deep breath in this election season and remember that God is not worried or shaken or scared. And my bet is that He’s not real impressed when we the Church of Jesus turn to anger and hate against our family who don’t agree politically.
So go march. and vote. and donate. and persuade. But do it with a heart of peace and words of grace. Because who is King of your heart matters enormously more than who is on your election ballot. For the love.