"And they will know we are Christians by our hate."
I heard this quote used in reference to Christians reacting in politics. (I believe it was in reference to California's Prop 8, but that'd be for another blog.)
The quote came to mind again when I saw this.
Frankly, though I've immersed myself in the world of political blogs and cnn.com in an attempt to stay up-to-date on the election, I've grown very very tired of all of it:
What is being done
What should be done
What I'm "supposed to" believe and think and act and vote
(I didn't vote, btw. Not that I'm proud or think I made some great subversive statement... I don't... I was mostly too lazy to bother with the absentee ballot, so it's hardly a fact I'm proud of.)
I just don't know if I can buy it. I don't feel like the best, or even most Christ-like, reaction to all of this is fear. "What if he does do this" or "..if he doesn't do that" or "what if she"
Are we, (and I'm primarily mean "as the church") asking the right questions?
More than that, are we living out the change we're dreaming our elected officials will bring?
Are we pursuing peace, love, service, and those other warm fuzzies Christ laid out as a blueprint to what we should look like?
What does our country see when they see us?
I heard Mother Teresa used to have a saying to the effect "You better not speak out against abortion until you're ready to adopt some babies and care for some mothers yourself." That made me think real hard.
All that's besides the point (or is it?). My hope is that Tuesday, the country (and the church inside the country) will accept that he was voted into office, and move forward as one unit.
I think we need to come to realize some things...
It's not about me. It's not about them versus us. It's just us. All of us.
And if you don't like it. Move to another country... like Taiwan or something. . .
Sorry for the rant. Happy Voting.
PS Happy Halloween.