Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9:30am -
Many of us hold opinions about the world that are shaped by our experiences. It seems that now, more than ever, we hold these particular opinions with clenched fists. No one can challenge us or suggest another way without a major debate taking place.
I believe that the social rule, which states people should never talk about religion or politics, has left us unable to have discussions about issues that are important to us. We no longer know how to communicate with those “on the other side.”
What might it look like to disagree in love? What might it look like to enter into conversations with humility? What might it look like to offer grace to those with whom we disagree? Perhaps it would look like Jesus.
Of course, we need to have opinions, beliefs, and values. We need to passionately work for justice, hold accountable those who are harmful, and educate people when they are ignorant. But I believe there is a way to do those things with love and grace. We can do all of those things without demonizing the other.
Mother Teresa says, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Our primary call as followers of Christ is not to be right, but to love. And Jesus tells us you can’t just love those who love you, those who agree with you, those who are on your side. You must love your enemy as well. This is a good reminder, especially as we enter into election season.
I hope you will join us on the livestream at 9:30am or at our socially distanced gathering outside at 10:45am.
Peace in Christ,