“Freedom runs rampant when we understand nothing can thwart God’s plan for our lives or that of our country. Freedom confirms.
Brave is love wrapped up in our own humanity, humbly acknowledging that without the King of King and Lord of Lords, we are nothing. Brave transforms.” Free and Brave?
The quote above was from my favorite (in)courage blog post about the recent elections in the United States. Why? I think because it first acknowledges where we as Americans have come from as a country – “the land of the free and the home of the brave” (Francis Scott Key). Yet it also affirms where we as Christ-followers are going as part of God’s kingdom here on earth – “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).
The writer of the blog post shared how she was choosing to use this as an opportunity to dialogue with her children about “what it means to be truly free.” I admire her thoughtful approach, especially in light of recent protests by students in my city. Whichever stance you take in all this, it is evident our youth (among others) are watching and wondering how this will affect their future. So what message will we send them?
In light of that question, I read a few other good blog posts which you can read here and here and here. I feel they all are along the same line and yet find different but relevant ways to address the issue at hand.
In Emily Freeman’s blog post she touched on the idea of leaving a legacy when she shared a quote from Brennan Manning’s book, The Furious Longing of God, which says, “The question is not Can we heal? The question, the only question, is Will we let the healing power of the risen Jesus flow through us to reach and touch others, so that they may dream and fight and bear and run where the brave dare not go?”
Ann Voskamp’s blog post spoke about how we really are more similar than we think when it said this:
“Many Americans who felt forgotten and dismissed voted their pain. And now different Americans feel painfully forgotten and dismissed.
Many Americans voted the way they did because of genuine fear for the future. And now different Americans genuinely feel their own kind of fear for their futures.
Strange how that is — We are all the same kind of different.”
From Holley Gerth’s blog post we hear about the call to love one another even in the face of our differences: “We have a Protector. He is good. He is wise. He is kind. And here’s what we need to know: He hasn’t asked us to be right all the time. He has called us to love. This is the harder, braver choice. Because it requires opening our hearts instead of our mouths. It’s about seeing each other not as threats but as people made in the image of God. It means we lay down our weapons and go, with arms wide open, down a path that could very well lead to a cross.”
So where do we go from here? How can we take all these ideas and make them a reality in our own lives? I feel that it all boils down to the fact we need to act out of LOVE. More on this to come!