The conventions are over, and we have three months of…something to look forward to. It is probably going to be very ugly, and I pray we will do our best to rise above our fears. If you are a registered voter, you have the opportunity to vote for the president. Between now and November we will hear and read about many polls, and some of us might even be polled to see whom we are voting for. Now polling is often pretty accurate, but here’s the thing: until you actually step into the voting booth and cast your vote, you are not a voter. You are just a person with an opinion. Your intention to vote for someone doesn’t help elect them: only your actual vote does.
Jesus doesn’t need our votes – he is King. But, every day it is our choice whether or not to demonstrate our support for his kingship. And just like our support for a political candidate isn’t real until we step into the voting booth, our support for Jesus Christ’s kingship isn’t concrete until we move from feeling and opinion to stepping into the world. Love Jesus? Then help your neighbor. Love Jesus? Then gather with fellow believers and worship him.
Every day, the world is wondering: who are the people who believe Jesus Christ is their king? We “vote” for him not with our intentions or opinions, but with our hands and feet. Step into the world, step into God’s world, and offer a caring hand. That makes your love for Jesus real to the world.
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We read or watch the news, and we feel overwhelmed and helpless. What can we do in the face of senseless violence, or oppression in communities that we are not a part of? In the face of such struggle, our actions could not possibly make a difference. In seeking justice, we are frustrated at the feeling of powerlessness.
But, here’s the thing: we are not powerless. The dark truth is choosing to believe we are powerless gives us the freedom to do what we want, rather than what God would have us do. There is a difference between being powerless, and not seeing immediate results from our actions.
At the end of his earthly life, Jesus Christ appeared to be powerless as he fought for justice, leaving this world crucified on a cross. Jesus set aside his power to be in solidarity with those harmed by sin in this world, and was arrested, tortured and killed. And what was the immediate result? Was the emperor overthrown? Did Pilate lose his job? Nothing appeared to change, but we know everything did.
It might not appear to make much of a difference, but we always have the power to love our neighbor, which Jesus defines in the parable of the Good Samaritan as actively engaging ourselves in the life of someone who is hurting – showing mercy. The battle for justice is long, but it can begin for you with acts of mercy. Who is hurting in your world? You have the power, and Christ calls you, to cross the street and enter into their hurt with them.
From Benedict of Nursia: “However late, then, it may seem, let us rouse ourselves from lethargy. That is what scripture urges on us when it says: the time has come for us to rouse ourselves from sleep. Let us open our eyes to the light that can change us into the likeness of God. Let our ears be alert to the stirring call of his voice crying to us every day: today if you should hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
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