Today, September 11, 2018, I'm concerned that we as a nation are facing a more sinister and complex long-term danger than we were seventeen years ago:
My issue is that I am in the business of sharing light, inspiration, encouragement, hope, koinonia, and meaning - yet the media I engage to get my message out is more often used to spread darkness, division, discouragement, disillusion, hate, and confusion.
When 'reporting' becomes indistinguishable from shouting 'FIRE!' in a crowded theater.
We cannot legislate morality and we cannot pass a bill that stops irresponsibility. But we can work together to be more of a connected, concerned, supportive, accountable, mutually encouraging community.
The most interesting nugget I picked up from our visit was this observation by one of the Palestinian Christian leaders: "Our biggest threat is not from Israel," he said. "It's not the Jews who scare us so much as American Evangelicals."
I object to the falsehood that Christianity lines up with nationalistic, jingoistic, inflammatory propaganda - and I object to the idea that opposing the president on moral grounds makes a person anti-Christian, anti-freedom, and/or anti-America.
I guess we can love on our legislators... or maybe we could shove them down a steeper flight of stairs? Or better yet we can send them all home and get a new set. But this time lets make sure they're at least capable of learning.
Why do so many relationships fall apart? Because we fail to practice the essential principles of Christ's teachings.