Exodus Reading Challenge Day 20
Over the last few days we have witnessed some incredible things in our country. We have seen the peaceful transfer of power yet again, amazing! We have seen many who came to take in the splendor of the inauguration and others who came to support the new President. We also witnessed many who protested on that day and some of that number regrettably whom became violent.
Yesterday we were witness to an incredible turnout of men, women, and children of all races, creeds, sexualities, gender identities, and economic status come together in Walks all around the country. Witnessing this through social media has been a revelation, about 50 percent of people or so it seems are upset about one thing and 50 percent of people are upset about another. Seems about right though doesn’t it?
I am sitting here praying and seeing what I can do as a pastor leading a group of people who are also split on these things.How can we be authentic to who we are and to each other? It would seem that there is one way and one way only and that is to make the main thing the main thing.
In today’s reading, God lays out what we know as the 10 Commandments for the people. They come from different tribes and have different concerns. They are struggling to find their way through the wilderness. They want to have a place to call their own. They want their children to be safe and to know that any of this stuff matters. They are concerned about things like health.
Reading it this morning, I was once again struck by these words:
“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”
We often think of this as cursing or saying “God #@@$”. Yet there is something much deeper in these words and this command.God is telling people who in fact you belong to me and don’t forget it. Don’t simply tell people you are mine you need to live that out.
We can’t claim the identity of a child of God and dismiss the other person as not of any worth. The church can’t claim to follow Jesus and spend its days backbiting and castigating others. We can’t live in such a way that we bring dishonor to God. So what this means is we need to find a better way and understand to paraphrase a popular slogan recently “nothing trumps God”.
You want to be a supporter of President Trump, go for it. You want to protest his policies and decisions, go for it. In the mean time you better continue loving the hell out of each other, stop pointing fingers, and get to work.
God is going to hold us accountable.