It's Funny That...
...for the first time in my life I voted for a Democrat for President.
...I lived to see an African American become president.
...I have read the information sent to me and still feel I made a logical, rational, choice.
...I have read the information sent to me and am amazed at how blind people can be if they don't want to vote for a candidate.
...at this point our president seems to have won by a landslide. If he was Republican Christians would claim that God overwhelmingly spoke through the people. Because he is a Democrat I see that Christians are already claiming that America failed. Death, RIP, Destruction. We used to call this pouting or being a sore loser. Now, I just shake my head.
...when I lived in Memphis Clinton became president. I heard Christians claim that evil was upon us, our religious freedom would be taken, homosexuals and baby murderers would take our Christian rights away. Our freedom was gone. However, little changed. I never felt threatened.
...during Clinton's office people said that our country was going to hell. During this time the church began to decline and lose young people. However, they did not leave because of the president--they left because we stopped reaching out. They left because we were irrelevant. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
However it is always easier to blame someone else.
...the more I work with social justice, the poor, and reaching the unchurched the more I see not only the need to become more politically involved--I see why so many unchurched people are upset with "Christians."
I am upset with some "Christians" as well. When we don't get our way, we pout. We claim to be concerned about our neighborhoods but obviously, we aren't reaching them. We talk about outreach, the needs of the poor, and ethnic diversity--but we spend most of our time avoiding people like this. Maybe "God's man" in the whitehouse will come from the outcasts. Maybe our leader should understand the pain of racism, poverty, and social justice. Maybe we need someone who will make us uncomfortable and get us to befriend "sinners and tax collectors."
Unfortunately, many Christians don't care.
However, I welcome change. Since 2 years ago our spiritual lives have been about change. We see the joy in that. We see God moving. We will continue to see God move.