Love Is The Alpha and The Omega

Posted November 10, 2015 @ 2:52pm | by Tripp

No doubt by now you have heard the story of the red Starbucks cup. It seems that Joshua Feuerstein, a YouTube celebrity and former pastor, had some problems with the company. We could spend a good deal of time wondering why anyone would expect Starbucks to be overly Christian about anything. We could spend a good deal of time wondering why he cares at all. Suffice it to say that all of the media attention has brought this guy into the forefront. For example, he was on CNN.

Not a bad day's work for YouTuber.

I don't know about you, but my Facebook timeline directed with people upset by his proclamations. They were upset about his representation about Christianity. They were desperate for people to know about alternative voices. Some responded with humor. Some responded with unadulterated outrage.

All the while, I think we missed a more important story. Once again the Internet noise machine obfuscated a more important tale.

Three presidential candidates attended a conference held at the National Religious Liberties Conference hosted by Pastor Kevin Swanson. You may remember him for his statements about how homosexuality should be  punishable by death.

Three presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, and Ted Cruz are courting the votes of people who think we should be killing homosexuals in this country. Three candidates for national office. Think about it.

Whether or not you think the LBGTQ lifestyle is appropriate for Christians, I'd like to believe that you are not one of those who think we should execute such people. But it seems that three of our presidential candidates are not so generous in their thinking.

Their attendance at this conference is a demonstration of just how desperate they are for votes. They are willing to court the votes of people who hold similar political beliefs as those who run ISIS. No, I am not exaggerating.

What is the appropriate Christian witness in a time such as this? Extremists are doubling down. They are putting money where they think they can generate the most power. They are desperate for influence because overall, some argue, their influence is waning.

What is the appropriate Christian response when national leaders, and political candidates are national leaders, court people who hold such extreme positions as this one?

I heard it preached recently here at the seminary that Jesus was an extremist for love. Jesus was executed because he loved. He was not executed because his violent regime came to an end. He was executed as an example of how we often refuse to love as he exemplified.

They couldn't accept a world where that kind of love would be made real.

We are witness today to the actions of people who refuse to love.

What’s next? I suggest more love.

On the third day Jesus rose again. Love is not only real, it is eternal. It is the Alpha and the Omega. We can refuse it.

But it is my belief that our refusal is not the end of the story.

 
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