Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tell me how to vote, God, or Greg Boyd or someone!

No girls allowed! Out of copyright.
Here it is again, Wednesday Wisdom at my blog.

Is a person who is often torn between
     (a)compassion and
     (b)common sense/letter-of-the-Law/K-selected (*1) options less upright than a person who never seriously considers alternatives to common sense/letter-of-the-Law/K-selected options?

Two hot-button issues come to mind:
 (1) to acknowledge, or not, the validity of transgender identification and homosexual partnerships.

 (2) to welcome, or not, into one's country potentially dangerous refugees from lands whose complex internal conflicts have been exacerbated by destructive  military interference from one's own country.

Claims are coming-- from points all along the religious-political spectrum--that my views on the above issues set me firmly on the side of either treason or spiritual depravity or both.

It has been my experience that when I have myself convinced that only an irredeemable heretic would be in conflict over these issues, I've been afraid and, frankly, loath to pray. (Welcome, my unpardonably sinful Internet friends!)

It has also been my experience that when I approach the Throne of Grace as... well ... a Throne of Grace, I am able to put that turmoil aside momentarily (*2) and ask for the wisdom I need to represent the love of Jesus, just for today, to the extent my limited understanding, sphere-of-influence and level of faith will allow. A mustard seed is all it takes, or so I've heard.

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You'd think I'd have finally divined, now that decision-making days are dwindling down to the single digits, which presidential candidate the Real Jesus is throwing His Social Media All-Mightiness behind.

Not yet! Meanwhile, I'm keeping internal "you're a heretic" accusations at bay by steeping myself in the wisdom found in articles like Bonnie Kristian's "In Praise of Christian Anarchy."  Staying away from polls and political discussions isn't necessarily recommended. Staying grounded in spiritual reality is.

[Christian anarchy is] a commitment to remember that the "hope of the world doesn't lie in someone finally coming up with the 'right' form of government," explains theologian Greg Boyd, a leading Christian anarchist. Rather, the "hope of the world lies exclusively in Jesus Christ and the willingness of his people to partner with him in bringing about God's will 'on Earth as it is in heaven' by imitating him."...
For the Christian, no electoral outcome can fix or finish our world. The promise that all will be made right in the end is no politician's to offer. But the good news, the very gospel message, is that it has already been offered, and we realize its fulfillment not on Election Day but on Christmas, in the story of power not sought but sacrificed.


FOOTNOTES

(*1) "K-selected" is a fancy word for smart and responsible.

(*2) Reading this passage out loud is a way to prime the pump if, for just that reason, you haven't prayed for awhile.

Psalm 103:13-18  KJV
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.


But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.



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