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Meditation: What it Means to be a Christian in Days Like These
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Are you doing ok? I hope you’re staying healthy and holding on in such relentlessly crazy days.

At Table Mountain Church we’re asking what it means to be Christians in days like these. How do we advocate for our political convictions, while still following Jesus? Toward that end, we’re going to do these five things:

“We’re going to say ouch when someone hurts us.”

Honestly, we’re probably going to hurt each other, say things thoughtlessly or intentionally, overstep the bounds of kindness. When that happens we’re going to deal with it, specifically with the one who’s offended us. It’s the way of Jesus.

“We’re going to hold on to hope.”

Seems like in every election, each side says something like, “If ‘the other guy’ gets elected, (s)he’ll destroy America!” Hasn’t happened yet. Probably not this time either. And if it does, God is still God. As we read in Hebrews 10.23, we hold on to hope because God is faithful.

“We will value listening over speaking.”

Jesus’s brother James said, “. . . take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. . . .” We’re going to take note and watch our mouths accordingly. Likewise, if you need to talk, rant, fuss or share, we’ll listen. 

“We’ll love people even when we can’t understand how they can think and act the way they do.”

Jesus said you get no points for simply being nice to people who like you and are like you. Any dope does that! (That’s a bit of a paraphrase of Luke 6.32!) Jesus walked the talk and hung out with the craziest set of people, from religious suits to prostitutes. 

“We’re going to be here in the fire and we’ll be there in the ashes.

Our desire, by God’s power, is to love people fiercely and relentlessly between now and the election. And not knowing what lies on the other side of Nov. 3, we’re going to continue to love people.

If you’re a follower of Jesus, I invite you to join us in this simple, five point manifesto. If you’re not a follower of Jesus, I invite you to hold us accountable to it.

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