45 minutes to the State of the Union address, and I'm sitting here wondering what's in store for the world. Here's something I've been meaning to post on for a few days. Maybe the time is right now.
Through the miracle of modern (or should I say postmodern!) technology I watched Brian McLaren deliver a sermon on the web a few days ago. It was from January 12, and he called it "How's Your Backbone?"
Here's a couple of bullets I wrote down as I listened...
+ There is a strong and dangerous temptation to remake Jesus in the image of your political party, to use Christianity as an adornment for your political views.
+ Instead of letting your politics form or mold your Christian belief, let your commitment to Christ form your political stance.
+ Stand tall and strong. Not as a proud Democrat or Republican or even a proud American, but first and foremost as a humble and sincere follower of Christ.
That really resonated with me (not the American part, but you know what I mean). Those of you who only know me through this blog will probably assume that I'm a bit of a liberal pacifist. The reality is I have been a fairly right wing conservative "hawk" up until recently. As I listened to that sermon it occured to me that I am undergoing a transformation from "bending" Christ to fit my political views, to bending my political views to fit Christ. That's how I know it is Christ working in me - trust me, the views I now find myself holding are very new to me, and I did not set out to rethink my politics. It happened, I believe, as a bi-product of something else, some other transformation.
I encourage you to listen to the whole talk.Posted by mike at January 28, 2003 08:26 PM