By now, most of my readers know that I don’t participate at all in politics. (If this is new for you, you can check out my position here.) But by not participating in the game of polarization and bowing down to Caesar, this doesn’t suddenly remove the problems we face in our world today. I still live in a world full of racism, discrimination, inequality for those on the margins, hunger and poverty, and the list goes on. And this means that I have to face these issues and deal with them.
My hope is to approach the world from a Kingdom mindset. Kingdom meaning: How can I follow Jesus through these things? Jesus said to love God and neighbor. Then He said that everything else hangs on those two things. Okay, that seems simple enough. But what is love? This is where it can get nuanced, gray, and maybe even slightly subjective.
I want to start a new series here on the blog titled: What’s The Alternative? This is for those of you who are tired of the polarization out there. And I don’t just mean within the political realm, but also the polarization of the Church. It seems that while we as Americans have a history of linking our Faith with our political views, for many of us, we are tired of there only being two options. We are tired of all of these issues being lumped together. And I know I am really tired of being labeled an “Evil Liberal” every time my view on something doesn’t line up with typical Christianity.
But what has troubled me the most is that everyone seems to know EXACTLY what they are against. It’s what they are against that seems to define them. But what are we for? I want my life to be defined by the things I stood for rather than the things I stood against. They may seem like they are one and the same, but I don’t think so. And I think that will become more clear as the series moves forward.
This series isn’t just for me though. It’s for you as well. I don’t have all of the answers to the world’s problems and I am not trying to suggest that the Kingdom can solve every single problem we face today. I am simply looking at ways for Christ-followers to do their part in helping to bring the Kingdom here on earth apart from participating in the on-going division we are finding ourselves in. This can’t be done single-handedly. It has to be done in community. This means that I need you. I need your thoughts, ideas, and participation.
My first topic will be discussing Planned Parenthood, that video, and what a Kingdom perspective on abortion might be. This topic is very controversial and even Progressives disagree on their position. I would love your input. Feel free to link articles or books that you found helpful as you navigate through this difficult topic. I look forward to learning and growing with you…and if we never find concrete solutions, that is okay!! What matters most is our position towards the Cross, not how close or far we are from It.