Politicization of the Pulpit..WWJD?
IF ONLY pastors were as passionate about mobilizing their congregations to be the Kingdom, to establish “cities on hills”, “lights on tables” and to be “salt” – sowing grace as they imitate Christ, as they are about the temporary politics of the day.
Can we really imagine Jesus politicizing the politics of the day? He prophetically indicted the rulers, the local leadership as well as national leadership when they acted counter to the character and nature of God.
What if we returned to such a prophetic voice?
Blessed are the poor,
for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
Blessed are the hungry,
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they are the children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness and justice,
for great is their reward.
What if we focused on having God’s nature in how we speak and behave, including about those with whom we disagree on the right direction for the nation?
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
In imitating Christ, rather than being benevolent when people pass our “you deserve it” tests, we simply sowed peace and grace, as He so often did when encountering people in desperate situations, i.e. woman in adultery?