During a recent trip to the Valley, I drove up behind a vehicle with a bumper sticker which read, “Honk if you love Jesus!” I recall when first seeing this message and responding with a joyful honk! The driver, however, greeted me with a wave that indicated something other than a “hello.” Anymore, I’m apprehensive to not respond. This poses a quandary: If I don’t honk my horn do I love Jesus?
A reoccurring ad in the Roundup indicates that Christians aren’t followers of Jesus if they vote counter to the submitted recommendations. Who’s paying for these ads? A lack of identity and integrity reminds me of the “horn-honking-one-finger-waving believer.” In this case is avoiding an opportunity for dialogue with believers whose opinions may differ by touting that “God’s most precious gift is children.” Aren’t we all beloved children of God? When someone speaks on behalf of a faith tradition they hinder and gag the voices of the many faithful, and if I may so contest, make my work of sharing God’s love a greater challenge in a hurting world.
When did faith become a part of the political process? Sure it’s important for believers to consider their civic responsibilities along with a dose of prayer and consideration after reading materials and questioning positions and propositions. But in a day when we’re asked to cast ballots determining what constitutes a viable relationship between two people to where one should exercise is preposterous let alone one’s favorite “pro.” Such zealous remarks are confusing. We’d be better to take our chances and honk for Jesus praying we’re not shot down in the meantime.
We’re a blessed community with diverse beliefs and opinions from faith and politics, to the curses of transportation devices called “roundabouts.” Such components are what make this a wonderful land of the free and home of the brave. When others begin dictating that our lot in life is due to the fault of another, we need to stop for moment and give thanks to the Divine for where we live while seeking guidance that we too don’t do unto others. Within the Christian tradition the Lord’s Prayer is a reminder, “To forgive those who trespass against us.” May we never see a day that we’re tread upon, but a day when we stand firm expressing our opinions and convictions while extending compassion to others.
Rev. David Rennick