I do not hate you, but we are not o.k. with one another. May I explain?

*This post is primarily written to #ChurchianityAmericana

So why am I being so intense to call some of you enemies?

Please be assured that is not out of a lack of understanding about the nuanced realities of worldly power. I’ve served a worldly empire and have been subject to a variety of them. None of them were perfect, but that does not make them all equal. There are degrees that matter in evaluating how we align. Daniel in Babylonian captivity is validated while Babylonian complicity in The Revelation is not.

“Be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.” — Daniel 3:18

There is a range of imperfection within which we accommodate one another, and there is what lies beyond that range. Jesus reconciled with Peter, and a variety of others, as imperfect people with sometimes minor, sometimes major, betrayals. There was no such armistice with the temple leaders or those under their sway. Jesus wept at their betrayals and the consequences they brought.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you, desolate.” — Jesus [Mt. 23:37,38]

One of the rulers of our age to whom I cannot bow is a man who embodies the antithesis of every core value I hold dear. From assertive abusiveness to seductive insincerities, this man is a relentless affront to the foundations of decency. He is now empowered and emboldened. He could not be where he is if not for the aid and comfort of many who rationalize for him in ways that they have never rationalized for anyone else.

No. I do not hate Trump

Love is not bound by the actions of another; it acts freely. God is love, humanity is created in God’s image, and love is the mandate of the Kingdom I want to serve well. And so, I will prayerfully heed the words of Jesus as best I can.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the nations do the same Be telos (mature/complete, therefore, as your heavenly Father is telos.”

— Jesus [Mt. 5:43–48]

“Brother” — The Brilliance

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