while meeting with rob bell for his 2day event, he shared a recent conversation that he had recently over dinner with brian mclaren. brian had said that what he found most enriching, most encouraging and fulfilling in his own spiritual journey was ‘celebrating the eucharist and confessing my sins.’
the room’s silence was broken with a well-timed sentence from rob ::
‘wow. that guy is dangerous…’
this cheeky and sarcastic comment was met with laughter in the room made up of folks whom had not missed the beauty of brian’s recent realization. what is more dangerous than any question asked or any tradition challenged is the ‘group-ish-ness‘ that is so painfully evident within our churches and communities.
this in/out, us/them, right/wrong mentality is seemingly never more starkly apparent than during an election season.
after watching the last presidential debate and reading through my twitter feed (made up of both liberals and conservatives, republicans and democrats, moderates and independents) – it was somewhat depressing. i wrote ::
the debates make me crazy and insane… watching twitter makes me more so. the gospel is so clearly ignored. it’s about the kingdom, folks.
— michael j. kimpan (@michaeljkimpan) October 23, 2012
on november 6, 2012, Election Day,
we will exercise our right to choose.
some of us will choose to vote for barack obama.
some of us will choose to vote for mitt romney.
some of us will choose to vote for another candidate.
some of us will choose not to vote.
during the day of november 6, 2012, we will make different choices for different reasons, hoping for different results.
but that evening while our nation turns its attention to the outcome of the presidential election, let’s again choose differently. but this time, let’s do it together.
let’s meet at the same table,
with the same host,
to remember the same things.
we’ll remember that real power in this world — the power to save, to transform, to change — ultimately rests not in political parties or presidents or protests but in the life, the death, and the resurrection of jesus.
we’ll remember that, through the holy spirit, this power dwells within otherwise ordinary people who as one body continue the mission of jesus: preaching good news to the poor, freeing the captives, giving sight to the blind, releasing the oppressed, and proclaiming the year of the lord’s favor.
we’ll remember that freedom — true freedom — is given by God and is indeed not free. it comes with a cost and it looks like a cross.
we’ll remember our sin and our need to repent.
we’ll remember that the only christian nation in this world is the Church, a holy nation that crosses all human-made boundaries and borders.
we’ll remember that our passions are best placed within the passion of jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
we’ll remember that we do not conform to the patterns of this world, but we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.
we’ll remember that God’s strength is made perfect in weakness.
and we’ll re-member the body of christ as the body of Christ, confessing the ways in which partisan politics has separated us from one another and from God.
on tuesday evening, november 6,
make a choice to remember.
let’s meet at the Table.
let’s remember together.
please join us for communion on tuesday, november 6, 2012.
so what about you? in what ways are you reminding yourself, and your faith community, that we’re in this together – and keeping the concept of kingdom in front of our minds, rather than being dragged down into the dirt and division of our democracy?