We follow Christ. We want to be active American citizens. In this day and age and in this culture of outrage, can we be both of those people at the same time? You see, this is something I struggle with on a day-to-day basis because—well, don’t hold this against me—I’m an elected official and I love Jesus. As people who follow Christ, how we participate in the political process—especially in local politics—and how we lead when we have the opportunity matters.
I joined Him in my community as a member of our city council and for the last four years I’ve had a front row seat as He’s healed divisions in our community, united our community in love for each other, brought dignity back to our people as they’ve loved their neighbors as themselves. I stand in awe of our God as I see disparate people in just the right position to all enable God’s work in the hearts of our residents; reconnecting the disconnected and taking hopelessness and turning it right into hope.“Where is our humility, our other-centeredness, our grace being born out in the world of politics?”Tonight I read a Facebook post from a professing Christian who railed against me, my job, and my service on city council. He called my faith into question, calling me a wolf in sheep’s clothing. My initial thought was that I’ve never met this person. They claim Jesus, as I do, and yet instead of reach out personally to me, they went online to beg people to vote against me in this election. How often do each of us take action like that, without personal knowledge, without facts, guided only by the allegations of others. I’m called to something other than that, higher than that. God calls me to love people above all. That has to apply to politics and it has to characterize our political engagement or we are no different than the world. Jesus stood out like a sore thumb in his community and that’s my new prayer starting right now, that I do too. I pray that as they hurl insults at me I make way for Jesus. Won’t you do that too? Commit to engaging in politics to further Jesus’ goals… to set the captives free, to care for widows and orphans, to bring light to a dark world. At no other time has our world so longed for radical love and hope. If we don’t point them to it through our grace and radical kindness… no one will.