Those who go out weeping

Even during these heated, divisive, challenging times may we continue to sow good seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…..so that, in time, there might be songs of joy for a fruitful, abundant harvest of the same.

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The story

I love it when Scripture comes alive and the truth behind the words is seen in a new and deeply meaningful way, far more meaningful than simply the face-value of words on paper.  My faith has been strengthened and deepened in recent years through a desire to find the truth of Scripture through the story being told.

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Of Exile

In the U.S., I see a very different form of exile, if it is appropriate to refer to is truly as exile.  Daniels writes that “many Christians are waking up to the reality that they are suddenly strangers in a strange time” (Exile, Kindle location 141).  The sense of exile I increasingly see and hear from my American friends has a very different feel than that of their Asian counterparts.  Here in U.S., the Christian community seems to be feeling the loss of something and so the reaction often takes the form of an aggressive “let’s get back what we had” mentality, especially as it relates to politics and changes in the American cultural landscape; perhaps even a “defeat the enemy invading our territory” kind of impulse. This has been demonstrated with great clarity over recent weeks of political debate and discourse leading up to a highly divisive presidential election.

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Win at all costs

And for those who claim the name of Christ as part of your identity…when you do such things you have compromised your witness, your testimony, and your opportunity for meaningful dialogue. When your mission is to win at all costs…you have already lost.

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What does a Christlike approach to politics look like?

Are we willing to sacrifice friendships and family for the sake of political partisanship, imperfect platforms, and less-than-Christlike candidates? What does love require of us in the political realm? What does a Christlike approach to politics look like? I don’t know all the answers, but I suspect it involves a great deal more grace, sacrifice, and surrender than we might realize.

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