As I approach the end (don’t remind me! I’m loving this season of my life!) of the second-to-last semester of high school, I am very aware of the opportunities and privileges I’ve been given.
- I am dual-enrolled in a Stats class at our local state college.
- I finally made it to Advanced Band as a (mainly) mallet percussionist.
- I help lead worship once in a while at our synagogue and church.
- I’ve already been accepted to both of the colleges I applied to, Covenant College and The King’s College. I pre-qualified for a $18,000 scholarship from TKC, which makes actually going there a realistic possibility.
- I am eligible for a full-ride scholarship from both colleges, but I have to write some essays and jump through some other hoops first. But praise God that I had a high enough ACT score to actually qualify!
But that all fades away in light of the world-wide opportunity for ALL Christians that Adam Ford breaks down brilliantly for us in his latest CDRticle.
If you’re not familiar with Mr. Ford’s work, he’s the guy who started the Babylon Bee. Sometime last year, he sold that lovely website to the other guys who were helping him with it so that he could work full time on his newest project, the Christian Daily Reporter. He makes podcasts and comics as a part of CDR, and they’re always insightful and hardhitting.
But if his political commentary is brilliant, his Christian encouragement and admonitions are even better. His latest CDRticle is called What an Opportunity We Have as Christians Today
I hope it strengthens your resolve as much as it strengthened mine. For Narnia! 🙂
In today’s exceedingly polarized and angry political climate, what an opportunity we have as Christians.
As warring factions fight in the streets, bombs are planted in mailboxes, poisons are mailed to government officials, rocks are chucked through office windows, racist robocalls are circulated, politicians and their families are chased from restaurants, and parts of cities fall to manic mobs, what an opportunity we have to season our convictions with the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
As social media and click-bait websites intoxicate the masses with fleeting dopamine hits as rewards for “owning” one’s foes, what an opportunity we have to care deeply about policy and social issues not out of resentment or self-importance, but as a outgrowth of our love of neighbor and care for our fellow man’s physical and eternal well-being.
As political camps, drunk on ideology, proceed to hate, curse, and wish ill upon each other, what an opportunity we have to be willing to discuss our beliefs in a civil manner, attempting to persuade using reason, logic, and grace; firmly, yet with broken hearts and love in our eyes.
As politicians and their armies on all sides will increasingly do or say anything — anything — to accrue power, what an opportunity we have to refuse to compromise truthfulness or bear false witness.
As groupthink-fueled tribes and their echo chambers become more deeply entrenched, what an opportunity we have within the body of Christ to exhibit our dedication to each other as paramount by disagreeing with one another on politics with care and affection — not as the world does, but as fellow members of the royal priesthood and siblings in God’s eternal family, in a way that might manifest Christ’s words in front of unbelievers: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
As our culture increasingly worships politics, what an opportunity we have to show that our politics are subservient to — and an overflow of — our worship of the One True God and the life He has called us to live in Jesus Christ.
These are unique and furious times, and you and I are not here by accident.
What an opportunity we have.