Renewing the Walk

It’s been a little over a week since our country chose a new President. The nation has moved from trying to convince others to vote a certain way to watching the direction or new leaders would be taking. In the days leading up to the election, I was trying to reassure others that no matter what, God is still in charge. Our forefathers planned for a peaceful transition with checks and balances to be sure that democracy would continue.

I will be honest, I was saying those things with the thought that the candidate I wanted would win. Now, as our future commander in chief moves from winning to leading, I am swallowing a dose of my own medicine. I really do believe that God is in charge, and He has a plan for us. It’s time to Walk the Walk that goes with the talk.

Two of my friends from opposite places on the political spectrum have influenced me in the past few days.

One reminded me that Jesus was a friend of all, including those whom had been labeled as sinners by the world. The old adage about What Would Jesus Do takes on a new meaning as we reach out in love to everyone who feels abandoned by the results of the election. Renewed expressions of hatred and prejudice must be confronted and squashed. We must spread Jesus’ message of Love to all we meet, talk to, send messages to. We can’t sit idly by and shake out heads. For whatever we do to the least of these, our brethren, we are doing to Jesus.

The other Christian friend remarked that our new Vice President was being called a radical Christian because he believes that the Bible is the true, inspired word of God. In that case, my friend says, Radical Christian is a label we should all seek. Yes, and yes. The Holy Scripture must be our guide as we move forward. Read it, share it, live it. God’s word will be our guide, our ever present help in times of trouble.

For me, it all comes back to the ┬áthe scripture I chose to lead me through this year. Micah 6:8. “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Read this verse, but first, read the whole book of Micah. This prophet lived in some terribly harsh times. He spoke of God raining judgement on a lawless land. Everything the nation of Israel had known was changing. But in Chapter 4, verse 2, there is hope. “And many nations shall come and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob. and He will teach us His ways . . .”

As Christians, we can truly lead in these times of transition. Keep Walking.