February 26, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: Romans 13
Red, blue then to purple? Teetering between two extremes, disciples were a crisis of crises seeking a pivot point between between left and right. The presence of a breeze moved all totter-riding individuals.
Righteous anger, flying like an incendiary moth around a campfire, invaded North America. It was election season. Churches and individuals were either “red,” or “blue.” Okay, some places and some people were more a mixture resulting in “purple,” churches.
Many people were certain, “My neighbor is wrong! “Absolutely wrong.” Some seized the opportunity adding, “Make that doubly wrong!”
Just about that time Jesus shows up in our soul’s memory saying, “Love one another.” A life investigation might have been helpful. Lord, have mercy.
The disciples of Jesus may ignore the gently spoken, earth-kingdom-shattering prayer. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:20-23 NIV).
The Apostle of the Church, the one born out of season (1 Corinthians 15:8) internalizes, then proclaims Jesus’ seismic prayer with this interpretation: “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law…whatever other commands there may be, are summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:8-10 NIV).
- During the recent election season in North America did you experience Christ’s people embracing the prayer of Jesus?
- Did you find yourself talking with, or describing those having different political, environmental or spiritual views in Jesus-like words?
- Did you find yourself diminishing the spiritual faithfulness of others, when you sought to explain your own political views?
- Lord, have mercy.