Let us offer hope instead of fear this year.
In the Christian Bible, the prophet Zechariah wrote the following:"This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’"
I can not help but think of my U.S. Representative claiming Christ but being being willing to tear families apart by deportation or cutting public assistance to the poor. This is not the way of God living among his people. We live a different story.
We do we plot to cut publlic funding to widows, fatherless, foreigners and the poor when we continue to cut taxes to the wealthiest among us? While we can claim our churches will fill these voids, we know that this is not the reality in which we live.
If we claim Jesus, let us being with the story of God among his people and not deviate from it. Let us offer hope to the hopeless. amnesty to the frightened family, shelter to those on our streets - and stop complaining how everything we own is the work of our hands. It has been given to us for good.
In 2015, I invite followers of Jesus to redefine your politics, your positions of power, to help people who need a voice of hope in their lives. For those of us in the top 20 percent, for those of us in the top 1%, we will find hope when we give hope - not when we take it away from those to whom we are called to give it.
Please know these are not my opinions. These are the ways of Yahweh. Into this life of goodness let us lean forward.