As we have been enmeshed in the current political campaigns in states across the nation, I have felt the pressure to judge candidates by the often negative comments rather than the positive ones. Sadly, polarization and negativity are rampant in our daily lives. That fact can make us feel insignificant and powerless.
But as I consider it further, the opposite is true. In both our civic and spiritual lives, we are in control. The decisions we make are not only important, but life-changing. We must have faith in the processes, both the democratic structure of our nation, and the spiritual one of our faith.
But our spiritual choices are so much more important, with so much more lasting influence on us and those around us.
It is true that in the beatitudes, Christ proclaims, "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). Christ's love and life are provided for all of us, including those who are marginalized, enslaved, and neglected.
And once we know Christ, we are inspired to show courage. "Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness." (Acts 4:29)
Recently, we have witnessed acts of hatred and destruction in our country. Sometimes just knowing what God expects of us in a situation is not enough. Sometimes we need to show by our words and actions that we stand for and with God. I do not know just what that means for each of you. But know that God calls us to be bold, to stand up for what is right when necessary, to show Him and the world that we are devoted to our faith. And be assured that when we do, God is always with us.
Standing up for what is right and following Christ's examples are not only responses to current events, but, more importantly, a way of life. May we continue to grow closer to God as we learn, not just where His love leads us, but that we may fill our lives demonstrating His love and grace.
Parson’s District Director of Lay Servant Ministry