Sunday, August 30, 2009

Unity

Today, I want to share this piece of writing* from the Sojourner's God's Politics blog. It is a lovely reminder that even when disagreement and conflict arise, we all share our humanity. Christians unite in prayer. The writing brought to the front of my mind the health care debate, gay marriage, and so many issues that we face on Earth-- issues where people pray for the outcome they want-- rather than God's will. What a stark contrast this presents! Praying for His will versus our own. I digress...

I'll leave the article to speak for itself, but I ask that you reflect on these two passages.
Jesus is between the red and the green microphones…between the red and the blue states offering us life and salvation in the Words of eternal life and in the Sacrament of his own body and blood. Jesus right there between the liberals and conservatives speaking the word that the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Jesus standing there saying forgive as you have been forgiven.
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There are words of eternal life, but they are not our words. So let us not go to ourselves because as deeply as we hold our beliefs about inclusion, or social justice, or as deeply as we hold our beliefs about social conservatism or personal morality…we do not have the words of eternal life. We have our beliefs, our convictions, our understandings of scripture and hear me clearly…these are not to be taken lightly or walked away from. But they are not the words of eternal life.
I have been reflecting on the post for the past couple of days-- especially in light of this verse (emphasis mine).
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
--John 3:16-17
Powerful and moving-- at least to me. Thoughts?

*The full, unadapted, sermon can be found here.

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