Maker of All Things, we invite You now into our feelings of discomfort, confusion, anger, fear, and worry over How Things are Going to Be. We are reminded:
That Jesus did not resist political regime of his time, but instead preached the Kingdom of God. That Jesus did not condemn or punish, but instead healed, fed, traveled, talked, and ate meals with people. That Jesus did not worry, but instead prayed when he was troubled.
We acknowledge that human leaders are flawed. We acknowledge that human systems fall short. We acknowledge that hardship is always present this side of eternity. We acknowledge that JESUS will save the world. Not a politician. JESUS. Not a judge. JESUS. Not a celebrity or even a pastor. JESUS. We acknowledge that Jesus has already begun that work: in us, through us, Jesus is saving the world. We acknowledge that the Kingdom of God is expanding, unstoppable.
We ask for Your Gracious Love. We ask for wisdom and compassion. We ask for strength and courage to do our best work for Your kingdom, work that will last. We ask for goodness and mercy to follow us all the days of our lives. We ask for our faith to grow. We set aside worry; instead we take up grace and peace, which You offer abundantly. We put our hope in Jesus Christ and His kingdom. We give thanks that our future is safe in Your hands. Amen. (A collection of litanies from Frances Pratt – franpratt.com June 16, 2016)
How much of the hatred, dissension, and fear stirred up out there by our reactionary tweets and posts actually come from not trusting in God and His redemptive plan? I am not exempt from this. I am guilty.
During our prayer meeting, one of my brothers in Christ prayed, “Could this be our chance to BE the church?” to be the light and the salt pointing to the Better Way in the ever increasing darkness. Have we let fear of the future pull us into acting like those who do not know the HOPE found in Christ Jesus? Have we become too quick to react in offense and fear in anonymity of social media and so slow to go, in relationship, to the Maker of the Universe, the Alpha and Omega, the Sovereign Lord in prayer?
I do not write this with a heart of judgement but of challenge, this is the hour when we have an opportunity to glorify Christ and point others to the hope and life found in Jesus. We have an opportunity to be different than the world. We have an opportunity to share truth with a heart of compassion and love, with the heart of Jesus. But even more we have an opportunity to get on our knees and join with Jesus in prayer and intercession (Hebrews 7:25) for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). We have an opportunity to pray for our leaders instead of railing against them (1 Tim. 2:1-3), to pray for and love our enemies instead of fearing them (Matt 5:44), and to love our neighbors instead of coveting what they have or being apathetic to what they lack (Gal. 5:14). This is not easy, we must lean into the grace of God.
Brothers and sisters, I urge us all to stop and pray before we react to something on social media. Pray about it before you tweet about it.