The Way We Respond

I’d like to tell you which side is right, which person is telling the truth, and which party is carrying the banner of righteousness in the matter before our nation yesterday. 

I’d like to. 

But no one reading this post was at a house party thirty years ago. Even those who were there don’t remember much. Some say there wasn’t such a party, that they recall. 

So that’s the end of the evidence on the matter.  Opinions, on the other hand, there are no limits. We all have them. They don’t matter.

Just a side note: All of this is about abortion rights and everyone knows it.

That’s another post.

It was an ugly show yesterday in our nation’s capital. The whole world watched the demeaning proceedings. Surely there was a better way to do this. But that’s not what matters. Elected officials have one job – to be reelected. If we really want to stop politicizing our politics we would fix that. The ones who can fix that really want to win the next election. So that’s that. Yesterday was a display of politicians doing what they do best. They use people against one another to promote themselves. In that sense, nothing unusual there.

What bothers me most is the way we all respond to such a mess. We all have the right to make up our minds about the matter. But many people also feel that they have the right to demean those who have come to a different conclusion. What I saw on Facebook and Twitter yesterday was disheartening. I know where our kids learn to bully one another. They learned it from us. 

I saw people making fun of a judge because he cried. I saw people call a woman who testified of a sexual assault a whore. I saw ‘funny’ memes that made light of victims who suffered sexual attacks years ago that are still dealing with the aftermath of them. I saw people make light of mistakes of the past. 

If you express out loud which person you believe, or to which party you remain loyal, get ready to be slashed by everyone on the other side. It’s vicious. And Christians have been in on this behavior too. 

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…” John 8:7

The truth is that everyone in that courtroom and everyone watching has sinned in their past, and bear the shame of that.  Many politicians who have well-known sins continued to serve. (Chappaquiddick anyone?) So it’s in the greatest of hypocrisy for these two people to be grilled and propped up for questioning for our viewing pleasure. (Are we far removed from the Roman Coliseum?).

I suggested recently that we not treat people – even people with whom we disagree vigorously – with rancor and hatred. Christian friends rejected that idea. Really! So as ugly as the proceedings yesterday were…

They are a mirror of who we are.  And that is never going to change until we change. The only judge we need to concern ourselves with is the One who judges righteously. We need to continue to pray for a revival across the land. Not so that God will save America, but so that God will reach the whole world with the message of his Son which teaches us to love one another. To love as we have been loved. To treat others as we would like to be treated. To place the good of others above our own.

When the world rejected Jesus, the very foundation of civilization was rejected. 

I wish I could say I live this out perfectly, I don’t. 

But let’s try. 

Let love win.

Thanks for reading.

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