Now some folks are not so excited. I understand that. I also understand some of their concerns since I share many of the values of those who supported Sen McCain. But here is what I have found so disappointing. The negative comments I have heard from some of my Christian brothers and sisters have gone beyond civil political dissent and have bordered on, and in some cases in refernce to President Obama, have crossed the line entirely on being racist. Seriously? Are you kidding me?
I am just incredulous that among the very people who ought to be on the front lines of battling all kinds of prejudice and racism and arrogant bigotry, I find the heartbeat of such evil alive and well within some of them. How grieved the heart of God must be!
All those years of walking in grace and they are still so ruled by fear, ignorance, bigotry, insecurity, and pride. Oh, they wear a very convincing mask to cover this sin and its corroding effects most of the time. And in their mostly-all-white world, the mask is just thick enough for them to fool themselves and each other. Those outside of their world can smell the deceit, but within the upper middle-class white Christian bubble, we only need to deceive ourselves. But when the mask is put to the test (as in having to accept an African-American president from the opposing party), it cracks and exposes the ugliness underneath.
And these are the same ones who pray fervently for revival within our nation, imploring God to bring the spiritual cynics and skeptics to a place of faith. Well maybe the problem is not God's lack of action. Maybe the problem is that we reflect a heart and mind so repugnant that spiritually curious people want nothing to do with it. From what I have heard recently, I can't blame them.
This breaks my heart because I am so oriented to reaching out to people with grace and trying to understand their point of view. But this requires so much more from those who value the principles of God's kingdom. At times, even Jesus had to say words like this:
Matthew 23: 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2
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May God forgive me for being so blind that I have been able to move through this world without noticing that not as much has changed as I had imagined. Again, Lord Jesus, give me your eyes.