A Political Lament

We are easily seduced by the forces who emphasize division and anxiety to rally against those who share our common confession of faith.

This political season exemplifies how easy we become Cain, or Joab, or Judas.

Left and Right both do it, finding it all too easy to establish identity and meaning and hope in a candidate. We rail against the other, making our brothers and sisters the others, condemning them for their intransigence even as we are exactly the same.

We assume we are on the side of Christ because we abhor the right people and their representatives.  Crucify them, we yell, they deserve it.

We say, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people.”
“Thank you I am not like those Trump supporters.”
Or, “Thank you I am not beguiled by the Clintons.”
“Thank God I  do not join with those evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.”

There is no liberation in this. There is no peace.

We are poseurs not disciples.

God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Because I am seduced in the same ways.

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