Not everyone likes the truth. And not everyone will admit that documented facts are real. And there are some among us who refuse to acknowledge reality, even as they are stepping in a big pile of it.
Having traveled to, and having worked in over 100 countries, many of them dictatorships, I know what dictators look like. I know how dictators act. I know how they speak. That is why I fear this new US administration.
This is not about Democrat vs. Republican or red vs. blue. This is about the future of our country. I am not calling #BLOTUS a dictator. But, I am begging everyone to open their eyes and look at reality.
If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, there’s a better than average chance it’s not a kitten.
Vonnegut nails it. There are far too many who call ourselves Christians that still live with Old Testament values. As Christians, we have been set free from the law of retribution. We live in the grace of a crucified and resurrected Christ.
The four Gospels in the New Testament are our fullest accounts of the words and teachings of Jesus. Nowhere in those four Gospels can you find Jesus blessing anger, hatred, malice, revenge or even justice. Instead, He lifts up, both by word and example, the values of love, caring, compassion, forgiveness, nonviolence and living in peace.
It’s far easier to seek revenge, to retaliate and resort to violence in response to wrongs. But, that is not what Jesus taught. It’s not Christian. As Vonnegut says, give me a break!
Vengeance, retribution and the need to return violence for violence are all born out of fear. Perfect love casts out fear. It’s just a shame more of us who claim to follow Jesus cannot live as He taught us. Our world would be a far better place.
Here is the gospel in one word. This was actually my sermon this past Sunday. Jesus said that the first and greatest commandment of all is to love the Lord with all our heart and mind and strength, and the second was to love others as we love ourselves.
What a vastly different world we would have if we obeyed this one rule. If we lived by the one rule of God there would be no more poverty and no more hunger.
One of my favorite quotes is that all Christians are called to proclaim the Gospel, and if all else fails we can use speech. That’s exactly what Mother Teresa is telling us.
We can all be living expressions of God’s love and kindness. Allowing the love of God to flow through us is a true gift to a world that’s hurting and hungry for genuine love.