Sometimes I find it difficult to speak what I feel in my heart. It is difficult to share my truth when I know that my experience may not coincide with your beliefs. Yet, if we are to experience real connection that is exactly what we must do—be brave and vulnerable enough to risk rejection. When I view the world from a distance, I see division. We are divided from one another in almost every area of our lives—the sorting I was writing about last week and according to experts, the predominant cause of this sorting seems to be fear. Friends, we need real, honest connection. We must come out of our sheltered homes and bravely reach out, speak out, and act with moral integrity. No name calling. No judging from afar.
Last week, I was impressed with Liz Cheney. She overcame her fear of vulnerability, of getting hurt, of the pain of disconnection and rejection. Her fear of criticism and conflict did not stop her and she was able to stand alone bravely for her belief that the election was not stolen. She lost political power and connection. She did not toe the party line and did so with grace. Later she was called, “a bitter horrible human being.” You may not agree with Liz’s political views and that is okay. But admire, you must, her moral integrity and courage. If we want to bring the world together, one nation under God, we must see the face of God even in our adversary. You and I may not be able to influence Washington politics, but we can be brave and reach out to those whose race, gender, faith, etc., may be different from ours. Listen to their story—their pain—their faith journey. Share your wounded places and what you’ve learned. It’s hard to hate up close and personal. Jesus not only said to “love your neighbor,” but also “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44).
Come on, people now smile on your brother Everybody get together, try to love one another right now. Linda