Urgent: Teach Love

urgent-picIt is not enough to vote. Regardless of how you feel about election outcomes, there is something even more important at stake. People of faith in the United States must take seriously our call to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our compassion and hope and love must take flight in public and passionate ways. God’s love for us demands it.

It is time for us all to come to terms with where people are in their own journeys. To love them enough to step inside their comfort zone and help them to expand it. Steady, focused outward movement. This is leadership.

Leadership requires knowing where you are starting – and having clear goals. As followers of Christ, our voices are used to speak against injustices including racism and gender discrimination. We speak for human rights and respect for diversity as we pour out love on our broken world.

As we love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, we are called to listen, center, explore, and connect with our neighbors. The noise around us means we need to organize for a stronger more aligned voice. The urgency is for a coalition of the faithful to create a counter movement of love.

Yesterday my daughter taught my 5-year old granddaughter this mantra, a paraphrased version of a John Wesley quote, “Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, as often as you can.” What else really matters?

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrod, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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