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The Resistance Prays

December 21, 2018
By Reverend Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft

Today's Top Story
Via CNN: James Mattis resigns as Defense Secretary Thursday evening in a “stunning rejection of Trumpism.”  
Scripture 
"For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned." - Romans 12:3
Where is our Allegiance? 

After the stunning resignation of Mattis yesterday evening, I found myself resonating with Shaun King who reminded us that Mattis, though one of the more reasonable members of the Trump administration, has “orchestrated & presided over two of the harshest, most bigoted years in modern American history.” Mattis recognized that Trump’s withdrawal of troops in Syria is deeply troubling because it further signifies an America-first mentality, but his leaving “doesn’t make him heroic.”  Be careful who you listen to right now.  

In his resignation letter, Mattis writes, “our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships.”  Trump again reminds us he has no regard for partnership, for coalition building, for anyone or anything other than building his own empire. 

This, of course, is in direct opposition to the kind of kin-dom building people of faith are called to create.  Shaun King reminds us that not Mattis, nor Trump, nor Kavanaugh, nor even Pelosi or Ocasio-Cortez can fully provide us with the kind of world for which God dreams (though between you and me Ocasio-Cortez gets pretty damn close). That kind of kin-dom building takes all of us, and it takes centering ourselves in God’s dreams.  As people of faith, it’s our job to hold our politicians to the closets semblance possible of God’s dreams, while at the same time remembering that our moral center is found in God alone.   

On Christmas Eve, the nation has the opportunity to hear from one of the most prophetic and bold pastors of our time, the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York City. At 11:35 PM, CBS (known by insiders as the Caucasian Broadcasting Company) will air Middle Collegiate’s Christmas Eve service, which includes a bold message from Dr. Lewis about following the law of love above all else.  As Lewis says, “Love God. Love your neighbor. Everything else is commentary.” How would our world change if we took to heart this deep yet simple message about how we might exist in our multicultural, multiracial, deeply divvied political world? 

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Pray

God of each of us, God of all of us, we make it complicated. We make alliances and lines and decide who is in and who is out. We fail to remember your commandment to love God and love neighbor above all else. As we find ourselves anxious with yet another departure from our national administration, remind us where our allegiance lies- with you. Give us the courage to live into that bold allegiance. God, we are yours. Help us show your inclusive, bold, creative love everyday in all ways. Amen.

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