Grace in Our Differences
By Pastor Chris Breedlove
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
I saw a meaningful quote the other day that’s well worth sharing in these days that we live:
“Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion.”
Perhaps the above sentiment is easier said than done; nevertheless, this is our holy work: that is, to imagine and invoke the Kin-dom of God that is much grander than our partisan and doctrinal differences. At the Pearly Gates I can scarcely imagine that Peter will ask us about our political or religious preferences. Rather, grace and love long to flow across the differences that sharply divide people.
The more tense things become on the national scene, the more important is for us to move toward one another with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”. Again, these things are not always readily easy to do– rather, they are gifts and promptings of the divine Spirit both among and within us.
Whereas humility is concerned, Mark Twain admonished us long ago that:
“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”
Gracious God, help us to be humble and loving in our religious and political views. Amen.
Grace and Peace,