Recently, a family member was standing in my kitchen: What’re you gonna to talk about this Sunday? Me, mid-stir: Affordable housing. (They): “Oh. Political.” Me, puzzled: Christian.
Being a Christian means to be engaged in forwarding the movement of the one who saves us, even from ourselves.
During our Savior’s term on earth, Jesus the Christ raised political tensions because he elevated Godliness – fundamentally moral ideals – in front of vulnerable people and dissenting crowds. He demanded affordable shelter, free meals and universal healthcare. He valued accessible education, the right to assembly, the right to speak your mind, the right to openly practice one’s faith, and the need for peace. He demonstrated kindness, justice, equality and respect. He promised freedom from poverty, sickness, persecution, sadness and eternal death. He exhibited anger when it mattered most. He elevated humility in the most unprecedented way. Jesus honored all people. He embodied love.
A key question circulating among pastors today is whether or when it is appropriate to raise topics in sermons that have caught the attention of politicians and the news media. To me, there is no question.
Most Sundays, I’m gonna talk about these things. You’re welcome to call that political. But I call it being a Christian.