Thus, the only time we make the wrong decision is when we’re not thinking far enough ahead. In an infinity, we have both an infinite amount of future time to consider, but also an infinite amount of time to learn to think farther ahead.
That’s the evangelical story of the purity culture generation. Thankfully it hasn’t always ended in gun violence, but it certainly produced lots of abuse and mistreatment, ruined relationships and marriages, and made a lot of people really unhealthy when it comes to sex.
So when someone uses the N-word, an apology really can’t be “enough,” but something does have to be “enough,” if we’re really working for the redemption and reconciliation of all people. I suspect, though, the “enough” is not something you can ever do after the fact; it’s work that needs to be done before.
If we are committed to one another, to serving one another, to seeing and hearing each other as human beings – beloved children of God – then we can truly be about the business of making peace. Not a stalemate or a truce, but genuine community that’s won through the hard work of naming and facing our divisions.
It just seems impossible to believe voting is a particularly Christian or moral duty when Christ himself had the ability to be elected King and refused.
Advent is the season where we let go of our allusions of grandeur and say, “God, your way better work, because ours sure isn’t.”
The Christian mandate to love means ensuring safe access to abortions for those who desire them.
Some things are bigger than us and our emotions and they demand we commit our lives to them if we have any hope of peace in this world.
Christians find power in refusing it, in being willing to lay down our lives – not for our own comfort and convenience – but because its what’s required to care for others.
No one gets written off or we’re no better than “them.”