the midst of the current media overload covering the primaries and caucuses in
various states, perhaps a word of caution would be useful. I’m not thinking of anything to do with the
actual politics of the campaigns or which of the candidates is more deserving
of the nomination within their respective party or even the Electoral College
process itself. No, I’m thinking of the
well being of the candidates and the voters.
one of my former parishioners and now ministerial colleague in Tennessee, Dee
Moore Wells, wrote the other day reminded me of a basic truth about life for
all human beings. She wrote.
Friends...with all the lashing out and created chaos I hear over the media
these days, let's remember that we are fragile and must be handled with care.
We are treasures in clay pots! Be nice to one another. You are loved!
It’s easy to forget that we all have feelings and flaws and
scars from the battles of life that we carry just under the surface of our
“everything is fine” personas. We are
not made of steel or stone or rubber.
Insults and accusations do not run off us like water off steel or
stone. Outright lies do not bounce off
as though we were made of rubber.
It may be fact that we expect our political rhetoric to be
mean spirited and derogatory, but that doesn’t make it good for the candidates
or the process. Nor does it mean that
our candidates should somehow be inhuman, expected to withstand all of the
meanness without feeling. They, too, are
treasures in clay pots, created by God with as much care as you or I was
created. They, too, are loved! Granted, we may not understand how they can
be loved, but we are assured that each individual of the human race is LOVED.
Churchgoers, spiritual but not religious folks, synagogue
and mosque attendees, temple and shrine worshippers, pagan practitioners, even
politicians are loved by the God we follow and experience through the person of
Jesus of Nazareth.
So, as my friend Dee would add,
to worship and know that kind of love -whoever you are and whatever is going on
in your life - you are welcomed without judgment -that is the Jesus way!
Posted on Tue, March 1, 2016
by Doug Meister