I was reminded last week of this profound message when I was confronted about my involvement in a local, upcoming community event later this fall. This particular event is more polarizing than I ever imagined mainly because of the lack of understanding behind its genesis and goal. Rather than seeking ways to embrace the event and seek ways to spin it positively, many have taken to negatively judging not only the event's planners but the future participants as well.
Twenty years ago, an event like the upcoming Zombie Run would have never been on the radar in Lititz. Likewise, who would have perceived the ongoing national debate on gay marriage 20 years ago? No one.
My point is that our culture is morphing before us. Sadly, Republicans, Christians and Christian churches and even, dare I say it, the Tea Party, have been criticizing this change rather than seeking ways to preventing it. Megaphones and silly signs turn people off. All I can do is look to Jesus who embraced the culture of His day and went directly to the people with His message. Jesus swam towards His detractors and those who needed to hear what He was sent to Earth to proclaim. It is important to note that Jesus never conformed to His detractors, rather He spoke, ate and socialized with them. My view is that Jesus wanted to be their friend regardless of their beliefs because of His never ceasing love for them. He wanted to understand where they were coming from so that He could speak their language so-to-speak.
- BELIEVE that we are all part of God's family
- ACT by befriending someone of opposing views and to treat them with love and humility
- SERVE in the community so that you can affect someone's life positively
As a libertarian-leaning, conservative Christian father of four, I could very easily get down on the world today. However, I have chosen to keep swimming in order to get my message across.
Jesus kept swimming. Why can't you?