Don’t you hate it when you finish a conversation/discussion/debate, and 10 minutes later you think of what you SHOULD have said?
It’s bad enough in general conversation. I did it on television.
After appearing with Kimberly Kelly on “Scene on 7” today, I had one of those “Ah-Ha” moments. We were talking about politics (not my favorite or my best subject) and the Democratic Party platform. She raised the issue of Democrats booing the fact that God and Jerusalem was re-instated into the official document of the party.
Was this an indication that God is hated by all Democrats, or that Republicans are the exclusively Christian party? No, I don’t think so at all.
The booing was ridiculous and offensive, since the wording was about as generic as possible (http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-dnc-platform-god-jerusalem-20120905,0,558903.story). I said on the show that people were booing the inclusion of religion in a political platform, rather than actually booing God.
Even still, booing was over-the-top and a naive denial that religion and God always have been and always will be a part of the American experience. At the same time, it was a reminder of how we use words where action is required.
As I drove away with Matt “Smitty” Smith, my “partner-in-crime” from ESPN Spartanburg, it hit me. What I WISH I would have said ran more along these lines:
The “party” of God will be the one with the most people who go out and feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisons, hold the hands of the elderly and hurting, read to children in schools, mentor youth who are at risk…and the list goes on and on.
And none if this has anything to do with spending government money, raising or lowering taxes, or putting mere words into a party platform for political reasons.
I’m preaching on this very topic Sunday morning. Anyone can talk a good game about God, but who is willing to DO something about it? That goes for liberals, conservatives, and everyone in between. I certainly cannot speak for God, but I suspect that God is tired of hearing political rhetoric from all sides and action from nowhere.
Government bears some responsibility for helping the needs of people, but they do not bear nearly the responsibility of those who claim Jesus as Lord. What are you willing to do to help those who are created by God?
And it doesn’t really matter why they are poor or who is at fault for their situation or circumstances. Jesus never asked you to judge reasons. He asks you to be willing and available to help in whatever way that you are required by Him.
After two weeks of political pep rallies, I’m pretty sure that God has heard all the “talk” (and boos) that He can handle. It’s about time that we made Christ-centered action the basis of our “platform” in life. What you are willing to do for God is going to define you more than anything you–or your political party–has to say.
Want to find out what you can do for God? Visit us at Augusta Heights on Sunday and find out what God can do with the number “522”.