Ok… now that Jesus For President is over, I’ve been trying to think about what i need to do with this blog. I’ve come up with three ideas for it that keep coming back around, so I need some help.
1. I’ve been thinking about taking a sabbatical from blogging and then come back doing the same type of thing I was doing before we started the J4P community series.
2. I liked the J4P series and having the community of differing voices heard about the book, although there are a few things I’d change- like not dragging it out over 2+ months(I think it would be better to have put out posts back to back rather than every other day). So, I’m thinking this could be a place to discuss different books throughout the year. There are many reasons why this may not work, but I’d love to hear your thoughts or even books that might be of interest to the larger community.
3. It is time to kill it! For those who don’t know, the Underwoods are in major life transition right now. This is a difficult thing for me to think about because I have felt this a safe place to wrestle with many of the questions that I have. I have had to take the time to write out my thoughts as i write them down in a way that birthed new hope in me at a time when the wilderness was feeling eternal. I started this blog with the title ‘Hope like Mad” because I believed that there had to be more than what I had been sold. I have found this to be true thanks to many of you who have walked beside me with your comments, encouragements and critiques.
So, what do you think? Or do you have a different idea for this blog? I’d love to hear you thoughts! thanks -b
This came from Sojourners today, so I thought I’d pass it along.
As we pass the half-way point of our Jesus for President tour, we remember Jesus’ admonition that we be “as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.” There is a lot of momentum around our little campaign of political misfits – from some of the mainstream media and from the dozen cities where we’ve had thousands of folks come together to plot goodness. And with the momentum comes temptation. Click to continue to read the whole article
Philip Watkins is today’s guest blogger for the Jesus for President Community Blog
Christians must discern between the voices competing for their allegiance.
One of the most profound statements (he makes many) Shane makes in this section talks about our allegiance to a nation instead of it lying in a Savior. As Shane quotes President Bush and Osama Bin Laden both talking about freedom and how to rid the world of “moral evil,” you can easily see the similarities in the two. They both believe it is their right and calling to deliver the world from the evil. As they both believe in ridding each other from the world, Claiborne talks about our duty as Christians (or what should be our duty) to ‘excommunicate’ a baptized follower of Jesus from taking part in communion because of doctrine or moral behavior that is adjudged to offend against God or the Christian community.
He talks about the gift of community and how precious God intended it to be and how this idea is not meant to bully or rid the church of them but rather bring proper and healthy discipline. When viewed with the ideas of exiled, execution, and bombings we see that this idea of excommunication is not only somewhat reasonable, but almost a great idea.
I am compelled by his statements about love and hell. This idea of “loving the hell out of people” is incredibly difficult to live out but yet it is truly life altering. Shane discusses and walks through the two different situations when Jesus talks about hell in a violent way both having to do with us creating a chasm between us and others therefore building a wall between God and us. He talks about Matthew 25 as well as the rich man and Lazarus. Jesus never uses hell fire and brimstones sermons on the mount, but rather loving our enemies, taking care of the poor, feeding the homeless, and loving the widows and orphans. Instead of scaring people into heaven we need to love them out of hell. In essence…loving the hell out of people. Since hell is something we create and live now, on this side of eternity, we have the opportunity to help others escape their hell.
May we as followers of Jesus love the hell out of people. May we believe and hope that there is more than a pledge and flag of a nation. May we rise up and become a true follower of Jesus and live a life in allegiance with what the Scripture says instead of what our government or nation says. May we represent the Jesus in the Gospels and not the one of the paintings, stories, and lies crafted by societies and cultures. May we truly find ourselves living this out every day and not just on November 4th.
Philip Watkins is the summer intern at the Imago Dei church plant in Richmond, a student at Liberty University and a Redskins fan (but we’ll forgive him for that).
Diana Butler Bass wrote a post for the God’s Politics blog called, What if the Amish were in charge of the war on terror?
Below is a brief section from that article:
Despite attempts to avoid this particular news, the stories of the Amish practice of forgiveness eventually captivated me. Their practice of forgiveness unfolded in four public acts over the course of a week. First, some elders visited Marie Roberts, the wife of the murderer, to offer forgiveness. Then, the families of the slain girls invited the widow to their own children’s funerals. Next, they requested that all relief monies intended for Amish families be shared with Roberts and her children. And, finally, in an astonishing act of reconciliation, more than 30 members of the Amish community attended the funeral of the killer.
Be sure to read the whole article here and then let us know what you think. Do you find this compelling? Are there ways to translate these actions of the Amish into the broader picture of what is going on today?