So I feel I should have a political post. I mean, everybody’s doing it. You can’t move between two blogs and not see something political.
But marching to the beat of my own drummer has really always been my style.
(Let’s be honest. I have my own marching band.)
The truth is – I don’t care who you voted for. It’s none of my business. You felt that Hillary stood for women and people of all races? Great! Good for you. You felt that Trump stood for Christian morals and would represent God better in government? Great! Good for you.
I. Do. Not. Care.
What I do care about is the utter madness I am seeing now. People are protesting? Beating others up because they disagreed with how things turned out? Really? I so saddened by this.
It’s in that big book from the big guy upstairs.
That was the ultimate thing we were asked to do. That’s the bottom line. Jesus saw beyond race, sex, lifestyle – you name it – He didn’t care. He died for everyone.
Just to be clear on that last point.
The guy that voted for Trump that you think is racist? Died for him.
The guy that voted for Hillary that you think is a baby killer? Died for him.
The woman you saw mumbling to herself outside the store unkempt and smelling funny? Died for her.
The guy on death row you saw on the news story? Died for him.
The woman at church that is the most annoying person you’ve ever met? Died for her.
The gay person that you don’t like because you say it goes against Biblical teaching? Died for him.
Your children? Died for them.
Muslims? Died for them.
Atheists? Died for them.
Rape victim? Died for her.
Woman that had an abortion? Died for her.
Presidential candidates, former and current elected? Died for them.
Jesus didn’t care. Jesus loves. Jesus tells us to love.
Jesus said to everyone – hey, I know you guys think it’s “love your neighbor and go roll your enemy’s yard” but you’ve been doing it wrong all these years! It’s supposed to be “Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44) A few lines later he tells the local lawyer the answer to the question of the greatest commandment is twofold. 1. Love God. 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:36-39) I’m guessing the lawyer didn’t take a class on how to cross examine God cause he just got schooled.
John 13:34 – A new commandment I have given you that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another.
So, yeah, kind of a big deal. Those were some of Jesus’ last teachings as shortly after this he was taken away and now we have Easter.
So you know what? I’m not going to debate the finer points of gay people or refugees or a big wall or emails. I’m choosing love. Not to be confused with free love of the 60s – no need to go back there. Just love. Mutual respect and love for my neighbor. My sins are no worse that anyone else and guess what? Christ died for me too.
I may still need to focus on the Bible for some of the other aspects to it – but even I know a commandment to love my neighbor when I see it.