For the Christian there can be no such thing as a single-issue vote because we do not serve a single-issue God. Every issue affects (and is affected by) so many other issues that believing in the idea of a single-issue vote is a virtue-signaling fantasy. Voting on a single-issue stance is an unproductive way to prove our moral character.
Regardless of who is elected president, we all need to be prepared to overcome the withdrawal symptoms of this narcotic election season. The post-election fear, fatigue, and fury that will try to overwhelm and control us. But none of these after effects will produce the wisdom or righteousness we will need to faithfully participate in God’s redemptive plan for the future.
We are fighting for Truth in the age of truthlessness, and 2020 has shined a dingy spotlight on our dilemma. It’s a problem that goes deeper than asking ”What is true?” and demands an answer to the question, ”What is truth?”.
Jesus’ life is a lesson in empathy. He consistently took three radical steps toward empathy that we can learn from. He discovered the details, imagined the individual, and enlisted in their experience. My journey toward true empathy began when I visited a Nazi death camp. I have never forgotten it, and I doubt I ever will.
A challenge to Christ-followers to reject the religious “either or” mentality in favor of a more constructive (albeit more complex) “both and” philosophy. Not only is it possible to be people of conviction and compassion, it’s necessary. Not only is it possible to be people who are engaged socially and empowered spiritually, it’s necessary. Not only is it possible to embrace our race, our faith, and our gender identities at the same time, it’s necessary.
I love and honor this country, but I love and honor the truth infinitely more. And it is the Truth of God—not the articles of the constitution—that will judge whether or not we live in a free country.
On Saturday, April 14, 1906, two young black men were lynched in the public square downtown Springfield, MO. Executed for a crime they did not commit. A white couple had allegedly been attacked, the woman raped, by two masked men whom the victims could not identify.
The irony of the shared last name between a black birdwatcher and a white dog-walker in Central Park is not lost on anyone. There was a master-slave contract lingering in the air between them, absorbing every word they spoke.
As I watched George Floyd be ruthlessly murdered on the street by a uniformed police officer, I thought, “My God, this is really the story.” George Floyd is the American story. Black people in America have had a knee on our necks for 400 years.
This is the nature of a year. Every year, and thus all of life, is high and low and in-between. And we never see it coming. The best we can do is expect the chaos, lean into Jesus and brace ourselves for a crash course in life’s most important lesson—that we are not in control.
Appearances are a sham, and Jesus knows it. He is not interested in our pretty leaves, he wants to know what’s happening on the inside. Is our root system mature enough to reach down deep and find the water we need to be fruitful?
I believe in justice. I believe in mercy. They are not mutually exclusive. Both are expressed through the cross. We should absolutely stand for justice, but we should stand in awe of mercy.