(WARNING: The views expressed in this post reflect my personal experience and may be upsetting to some. If there is any person who finds fault in any of my words, please come to me in person and address your concerns head on.)
God has called each of the Redeemed to live a life that reflects Christ. This sounds simple, but really it is an excersize in allowing God to stretch the very fabric of your nature which has been marred by the effect of the Fall. This practice will go against every inclination you feel deeply within you; it will challenge every knee jerk response you feel is raging to escape your lips.
It will threaten every ounce of goodness you feel you possess but child, sweet child, know that God has called you to run to Him when you feel threatened, when you feel frightened, when you feel the icky black ooze of pride creep into your heart. He calls out to you and says "Run to me! Let me take those things from you and fill you with My love! Love My people, and show them what I look like by the things you say and do."
Why do I structure my words in this way?
This election, really the state of America today has brought out the utter drudges of our human nature. I have watched my News Feed and my social media platforms fill to the brim with hatred, pompous piety, and absolute SIN.
My brothers and sisters in Christ are lashing out on all sides, some gloating, tearing others down, and preaching hate, while others are so indignant they cannot see that they too are failing to reach out and embrace their FAMILY. It fills me with such sadness that I have no words.
We are called to love each other, to have compassion and to listen to the fears and the pains of of fellow human beings. Why are we destroying the souls of those around us with our sin? Why are we choosing selfishness and arrogance in spite of the Gospel?
If your excuse for the behavior I have mentioned is that our examples in politics have been such that we cannot expect to act any differently, I challenge you to look at the true example we have in Jesus and tell me if you would like to keep your response.
To my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ here at Clarks Summit University:
You are here for God's purpose and His alone. Your focus should be on our eternal home, and you above all should know better than many that our eternal home is far superior to any election. I would like to remind you that we are not isolated on our Summit, up here away from the rest of the world. We are not immune to criticism, or ridicule. This goes for what is posted on social media. We are always being observed. We have an audience which, while not as eternally influential as our Audience of One, is still being affected by our witness up here on the hill. With that being said, I strongly admonish you to be extremely careful about the quality and content of your speech, both in person and virtually. Your words matter, dear ones, and they could be the only words that turn someone away from the Cross simply because they came out of your mouth. You may be proud that your candidate is now in office and your perspective seems pretty bright. You are allowed to feel this way. But in the way that you express this feeling, I am begging you- PLEASE BE GRACIOUS. PLEASE BE KIND. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. You are not the only young, moderately well-off, white male in existence, and you do not have the right to stomp on ANY other person AT ANY TIME regardless of their race, gender, religion, social status or upbringing. You taint this school's name and its history by behaving like barbarians and loudly trumpeting your agendas all across the countryside under the umbrella of "free speech." That, my dear brothers, is not free speech. That is acting like an imbecile, and it isn't cute. Most importantly. however, is the fact that you taint the message of the Gospel and the name of Jesus Christ when you say what you do and with your actions. And that, dear brothers, is what truly breaks my heart. Your hatred of minorities and your utter ignorance of common decency in regard to day to day conversation brings shame and sadness to my eyes. (THis is not an all-encompassing statement, but rather a challenge to those who would find themselves in my examples.)
You have been called to so much more, much greater endeavors than the like of which you have been proclaiming. You are worth so much more than a "frat-boy" rating. But your actions and your words contradict the supposed reason for your attendance here at CSU.
I challenge you to act according to your calling, the highest calling, that is to spread the love of Christ and His Gospel to the ends of the earth, and to treat all mankind with the love and grace that was afforded to you from before the Creation of time. Rise up. Stop behaving like you don't have the Truth. Start living like you know the Truth, and put aside your petty pride for the sake of Christ and the growth of the Church.
I urge you to run back to our Creator God and ask Him to show you where you stand. Because chances are, you aren't standing where you think you are. Chances are, you probably aren't standing at all.
It's time to STAND UP.